If the X-Men thought the Sentinels were tough, wait until they meet Angelina Jolie and her horns.
Opening at 3,948 theatres, “Maleficent” is Disney’s latest live action fantasy tale, and Angelina Jolie’s first time in front of the camera since the pile of crap known as “The Tourist.” The film follows in the footsteps of other Disney fairy tales like “Alice in Wonderland” which earned $334 million domestically. and over $1 billion worldwide. While last year, “Oz The Great and Powerful” grossed $234.9 million domestically.
“Maleficent” is a reimagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale, told from the villain’s point of view. But it seems like the film’s only selling point is Aneglina Jolie’ star power.The marketing has focused so much on Jolie, that many moviegoers probably don’t know wat the movie is about.
I know I had to explain the Sleeping Beauty angle to my in-laws after they saw the trailer a few months back.
Critics haven’t been kind either. As of Friday morning, “Maleficent” sits at 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. I think it’s fair to say “Maleficent” won’t get close to Alice’s $116 million debut or even Oz’s $79 million opening. But the movie should still open at number one with around $50 million. But I don’t expect the movie to have much staying power.
On a side note: I’m being dragged kicking and screaming to “Maleficent” tonight. Keep me in your thoughts.
The Seth McFarlane comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opens at 3,158 locations this weekend, and its sure to wind up in third place behind “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The movie stars MacFarlane himself, and features a strong cast: Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson. The question is how many of Steh McFarlane fans will show up?
In 2012, “Ted” opened to $54.4 million on its way to $549 million worldwide. But that movie starred a cute cuddly bear and Mark Wahlberg. Will the same fanbase turn up to see Seth McFarlne’s ugly mug?
I know I will, I’m seeing “A Million Ways to Die in the West” on Saturday.