Weekend Wrap-Up

Maleficent is Magical at Weekend Box Office

By John Hamann

June 1, 2014

A little penicillin ought to clear that right up.

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Fourth spot goes to Godzilla, but the big guy is starting to look tired. After a 67% tumble during the long weekend (where it still fell 59% if we include the Memorial Day Monday), Godzilla continues to fall this weekend, earning $12.2 million and dropping 61%. There is now a possibility that the $160 million Warner Bros. release won’t make it to $200 million stateside, but with $166 million in the overseas till already, and China and Japan still to come, Legendary and Warner Bros. have a strong first film in their franchise. Domestically, Godzilla has cleared the $160 million budget amount as it has a total of $174.7 million.

Fifth is the floppish Adam Sandler comedy Blended. It would appear the Rhino poop jokes are not going over well, as last weekend’s loser didn’t improve on anything this weekend. Blended earned $8.4 million and dropped 41%. Thankfully for Warner Bros., this one cost only $40 million to make, so a gross so far of $29.6 million doesn’t hurt too much.

Sixth spot goes to Neighbors, which will likely pass Godzilla next weekend in terms of ranking. The ultra-successful Neighbors earned another $7.7 million, dropping a not terrible 45% compared to its three-day Memorial Day take from last weekend. Remember, Neighbors cost Universal only $18 million to make, and has earned $128.6 million domestically so far, along with another $79 million overseas. That’s almost 11 times its production budget, and is easily the big expense-versus-profit winner through the early portion of the summer.


Seventh is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which, like Godzilla, had its very bright moment in the sun before fading quickly. After earning $7.8 million last weekend, Spider-Man dropped 52% this weekend, picking up another $3.8 million. The film, which likely cost $230 million to make, now has a domestic cume of $192.7 million, and is going to need a couple of more weekends just to make it to $200 million, despite opening to $91.6 million. Thank goodness Spidey has a lot of fans overseas, as the film has picked up almost $500 million overseas to put the Sony picture into a better position against that budget.

Million Dollar Arm is eighth, and while it hasn’t proved to be the breakout hit that Disney thought it had, it’s still done decently. This weekend, Million Dollar Arm earned another $3.7 million, off 47% from the previous weekend. The small, $25 million film now has a running total of $28.1 million, and will likely top out domestically with about $40 million.

Ninth is Chef, Jon Favreau’s art house food picture with a bevy of stars. Chef earned $2 million, giving it a decline of 11%, and bringing its total up to $6.9 million. Tenth is The Other Woman, which quietly turned into a big hit for Fox. The Cameron Diaz starrer earned $1.4 million, dropping 62%, but lifting its domestic cume to $81.1 million. Overseas, it has earned $86 million, putting this $40 million picture into the profit.

Overall, the top 12 films at the box office did decent business, earning $161.3 million. Last year, Fast & Furious 6 was coming off its huge Memorial Day weekend and was joined by the flop After Earth and the surprise hit Now You See Me. The same weekend last year earned $160.8 million from its top 12, leaving this year just slightly ahead. Next weekend, we'll have more fireworks at the box office, as Tom Cruise opens Edge of Tomorrow, the very well reviewed sci-fi action pic from Warner Bros., and Fox opens what could be the sleeper of the summer in The Fault in our Stars.

Top Weekend Box Office for 5/30/14-6/1/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Maleficent Disney $70,000,000 New $70,000,000
2 X-men: Days of Future Past Fox $32,600,000 - 64% $162,069,100
3 A Million Ways To Die In the West Universal $17,068,990 New $17,068,990
4 Godzilla WARNER BROS. $12,225,000 - 60% $174,657,000
5 Blended WARNER BROS. $8,425,000 - 41% $29,632,000
6 Neighbors Universal $7,714,875 - 45% $128,600,595
7 The Amazing Spider0man 2 Sony $3,775,000 - 52% $192,730,000
8 Million Dollar Arm Disney $3,700,000 - 47% $28,097,000
9 Chef Open Road Films $2,009,000 - 11% $6,923,882
10 The Other Woman IFC Films $1,425,000 - 62% $81,112,100
11 Belle FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,280,000 - 23% $6,209,900
12 Rio 2 Fox $1,045,000 - 58% $124,249,500
  Also Opening/Notables
  Grand Seduction Entertainment One $350,000 New $350,000
  Night Moves Cinedigm $24,100 New $24,100
  Korengal Saboteur Media $15,145 New $15,145
  Elena Variance Films $12,100 New $12,100
  Words And Pictures Roadside Attractions $80,000 - 9% $220,000
  The Dance of Reality Abkco Films $30,275 + 21% $76,143
  The Immigrant Weinstein Co. $329,000 - 26% $1,102,571
  Chinese Puzzle Cohen Media $71,273 + 59% $175,817
  Palo Alto Tribeca Film $90,462 - 8% $512,038
  Heaven Is For Real Sony $775,000 - 62% $87,980,000
  Captain America: the Winter Soldier Disney $600,000 - 66% $255,150,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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