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411 Box Office Report: Maleficent Conjures Impressive Win
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.01.2014

Proving that audiences love Angelina Jolie and Disney, Maleficent cleaned up at the box office this weekend. The live-action take on the Sleeping Beauty villainess opened at #1, surpassing expectations with a powerful $70 million opening. That adds up to a $17,730 per-theater average. Disney had been conservatively estimating the film for the high fifties, but even most industry expectations of the low sixties were surpassed. The film was smartly marketed around Jolie's casting as the titular character and the action elements, giving it a strong appeal and a hefty family attendance that bumped the film on Saturday.

The movie was so-so with critics (51% on Rotten Tomatoes; you can read our reviews here and here) but soared with audiences who gave it an impressive A CinemaScore. That should provide great word of mouth, which will help the film's legs. Proving Jolie's power overseas, the film performed even stronger there with $100.6 million to give it a total worldwide weekend gross of $170.6 million. Disney has another big hit on their hand and it should be quite a tidy profit even considering the expansive $180 million budget.

Slipping a spot to #2 was X-Men: Days of Future Past, which came in with $32.6 million. That equates to a hefty 64% drop for the superhero film, but that's not entirely off for the traditionally front-loaded franchise and tops the 69% drop for X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well as the 66% drop for X-Men: The Last Stand. The film is still performing strongly overall with a two-week domestic gross of $162.1 million and a worldwide gross of $500.2 million. The worldwide number already makes it the highest-grossing film in the franchise on a global scale, ahead of Last Stand's $459.4 million from 2006. The film's budget was $200 million.

Falling flat at #3 is Seth MacFarlane's western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. The film failed to connect with audiences and pulled in just $17.1 million, below the mid-twenties that Universal was hoping for. The film averaged $5,405 from 3,158 theaters. Audiences gave it an average B CinemaScore and critics weren't sold on it (33% on RT; our own Jeffrey Harris' review is here). The film added $10.3 million overseas for a first-weekend total of $27.4 million. It has a way to go to make back its $40 million budget but if it holds well and overperforms overseas it's not outside the realm of possibility.

Godzilla was down two spots in its third weekend to #4 with $12.2 million. The kaiju film has now grossed $174.7 million domestically and $341.3 million worldwide from a $160 million budget. By this time next week it will have passed the Roland Emmerich Godzilla's worldwide take of $379 million. It still has two major markets to open in as well in China and Japan.

Adam Sandler's Blended slipped two spots to #5 in its second weekend with $8.4 million. The Drew Barrymore co-starring comedy was down 41% from last weekend, which isn't a great number for a comedy and about on par with That's My Boy's second weekend drop. The film looks to finish up with around $35 to $40 million when it's all said and down; the two-week gross stands at $29.6 million domestically and $31.7 worldwide from a $40 million budget. In other words: another Sandler box office disappointment.

Neighbors continued the two-spot dropping trend, finishing at #6 with $7.7 million. The R-rated comedy has a domestic total of $128.6 million and a worldwide total of $207.9 million. The budget was just $18 million.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was also down two rungs, ending at #7 in its fifth weekend with $3.8 million. The film has grossed $192.7 million domestically and $690 worldwide on a $200 budget. It'll stand as the lowest-grossing Spider-Man film to date, though it's still going to be profitable for Sony.

Million Dollar Arm slipped two spots in its third weekend to #8. The film brought in $3.7 million; it has now grossed $28.1 million domestically and $28.5 million worldwide from a $25 million budget.

Jon Favreau's Chef was steady from last week, hanging in at #9 with $2 million. The culinary comedy expanded to 624 theaters and was down just 11% from last weekend. The film has totalled $6.9 million to date.

The Other Woman was down three to #10 in its sixth weekend with $1.4 million. The Cameron Diaz-led film has now grossed $81.1 million domestically and $167.4 million worldwide from a $40 million budget.

The weekend box office tally was $165.5 million, dead even with last year's three-day take of the same which was led by Fast & Furious 6's $35.2 million second weekend.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Maleficent - $70 million ($70 million total)
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $32.6 million ($162.1 million total)
3. A Million Ways to Die in the West - $17.1 million ($17.1 million total)
4. Godzilla - $12.2 million ($174.7 million total)
5. Blended - $8.4 million ($29.6 million total)
6. Neighbors - $7.7 million ($128.6 million total)
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $3.8 million ($192.7 million total)
8. Million Dollar Arm - $3.7 million ($28.1 million total)
9. Chef - $2 million ($6.9 million total)
10. The Other Woman - $1.4 million ($81.1 million total)


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