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By Tim Briody

May 31, 2014

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Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent starts with a solid Friday of $24.2 million. The live action fairy tale overcame middling reviews and shows that Jolie remains a box office draw despite Maleficent being her first acting role since 2010. The streak of $90+ million openers is over but the Disney film will easily win the weekend. A popular comparison has been 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, another live action retelling that opened with $20.4 million and had a weekend of $56.2 million. Following that pattern, Maleficent looks to have a weekend of $66.3 million.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane’s western comedy looks to catch the same lightning in a bottle that launched Ted to $200 million, but instead lousy reviews and all the best gags appearing in the trailer leave A Million Ways to Die in the West with a Friday of $6.1 million. For comparison, Ted had a Friday of $20.5 million thanks to the concept and one of the funniest trailers of the year. A Million Ways to Die in the West should come in with a weekend of $16.4 million as MacFarlane starts counting down the days until next year’s Ted 2.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

After last weekend’s huge opening, it’s another big drop as Days of Future Past drops 68% from last Friday to $9.6 million. It should recover over the weekend with around $30 million but there’s a big pattern of one and done among the summer tentpoles so far this year.


Projected Estimates for the Top Ten (Three-Day)
Estimated Gross
1 Maleficent 66.3
2 X-Men: Days of Future Past 29.9
3 A Million Ways to Die in the West 16.4
4 Godzilla 10.7
5 Neighbors 7.0
6 Blended 6.9
7 Million Dollar Arm 3.4
8 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3.4
9 Chef 1.8
10 The Other Woman 1.3



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