Box Office: “Maleficent” Dominates, “Million Ways” . . . Y’Know



Box office results are in for the weekend and turns out that despite being gone for the past several years, Angelina Jolie is still a box office draw.

Disney has another hit on their hands with “Maleficent” making a whopping $69.4 million this weekend at the number 1 spot. Some may look at this and call it a disappointment considering that similar titles, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” made $116.1 million and $79.1 million respectively, it’s actually the biggest debut of Jolie’s career. It’s hard to tell if the movie will have legs or not considering the mixed critical reception and strong competition from next weekend’s releases, but we’ll see what happens.

In it’s second weekend, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” took a huge 64% drop and took second place with $32.6 million, bringing it’s total to $162 million so far. I expected a smaller drop considering how positive word of mouth has been for this movie (I, myself, say it’s the blockbuster to beat this summer), but I guess there was just more interest in “Maleficent” instead. At the same point in it’s run, “X-Men: The Last Stand” is roughly $13 million ahead of “Days of Future Past.” But I still feel confident in saying that this will end up either matching or surpassing the numbers posted by “Last Stand.”

In disappointing news, Seth MacFarlane’s western, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” tanked at the box office with a dismal $16.8 million. That’s a much lower debut than his 2012 smash hit, “Ted,” which made $54.4 million. Seems like with the negative reviews and this horrible opening weekend, MacFarlane needs to rely heavily on the success of “Ted 2” next year in order to keep his career in line.

What do you guys think of these box office results? Surprised by any of them? Happy for Jolie? Sad for MacFarlane? Make sure to leave a comment below.

And here are the rest of the top 10 at the box office:

1. “Maleficent” – $69.4 million
2. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” – $32.6 million (-64.2%)
3. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” – $16.8 million
4. “Godzilla” – $12 million (-61.2%)
5. “Blended” – $8.1 million (-43%)
6. “Neighbors” – $8.1 million (-42.4%)
7. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” – $3.8 million (-51.7%)
8. “Million Dollar Arm” – $3.6 million (-48.5%)
9. “Chef” – $1.9 million (-15.7%)
10. “The Other Woman” – $1.4 million (-62.6%)

Thank you guys so much for reading and, as always, “Follow the Screen, Scene X Scene!”


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