“Maleficent,” Disney’s big-budget reimagining of Sleeping Beauty crushed the competition, and earned an estimated $70 million at the domestic box office. That was more than enough for first place, and that’s also the biggest debut ever for Angelina Jolie.
Playing at 3,948 locations, “Maleficent” opened higher than 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” ($56.2 million). But it didn’t come close to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” ($116 million), and it opened below last year’s “Oz The Great and Powerful” ($79.1 million). On the bright side, “Maleficent” also earned $100 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $170 million.
Maleficent’s audience was 60 percent female and 51 percent over the age of 25. Families accounted for 45 percent of attendance. The movie grossed $6.7 million in IMAX, and 3D showtimes represented 35 percent of sales.Moviegoers awarded Maleficent a strong “A” CinemaScore, this in spite of mixed reviews (around 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).
I think the movie got an “A” CinemaScore based only on Angelina Jolie’s performance, which as I said in my review, was the best part of the movie.
With “Maleficent” taking over nearly 4,000 screens, “X-Men:Days of Future Past” was bound to suffer a drop. However, Fox can’t be happy with a 64 percent dive in only week two. The X-Men still earned $32.6 million this weekend, and to date, it’s earned $162.1 million domestically and $338 million in International markets.
Perhaps for X-Men Apocalypse Fox can have a fight between Jennifer Lawrence and Rebecca Romijn? That would sell plenty of fanboy tickets. Just a thought.
The bomb of the week award winner is Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” The film opened to an estimated $17.1 million, that’s less than one-third of the $54 million debut for “Ted” in June 2012. That’s a terrible start for a movie with such a big name cast.
According to Box Office Mojo, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opened lower than past Summer comedy flops like “Year One” ($19.6 million), “Land of the Lost” ($18.8 million), “The Dictator” ($17.4 million) and “The Internship” ($17.3 million).
Not surprisingly, the movie’s audience skewed male (55 percent) and older (72 percent were over 25 years of age). It received a middling “B” CinemaScore; combine that with poor reviews, and it would be surprising if this flick makes it past $50 million.
I saw “A Million Ways to Die in the West” over the weekend, so expect my review later today, or tomorrow. Depends how I feel and what’s on TV.
In other news, “Godzilla” fell a steep 61 percent to $12.2 million. To date, the monster movie has earned $174.7 million, but the way its going, the movie could have a tough time reaching $200 million domestically. “Godzilla” is doing slightly better overseas, where it has earned $200 million so far.
Your top five movies this weekend:
1. Maleficent — $70 million
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past — $32.6 million
3. A Million Ways to Die in the West — $17.1 million
4. Godzilla — $12.23 million
5. Blended — $8.43 million
And coming next weekend: