Box Office Report: ‘Maleficent’ Soars With $24.2M Friday; ‘Million Ways’ Not So Well, Highlight Hollywood News


Disney’s starpower-fueled summer tentpole Maleficent is conjuring up powerful business at the North American box office, where it topped Friday’s chart with $24.2 million from 3,948 theaters. Tapping into the same audience that made Frozen a global goliath, the live-action fairy tale is a passion project for star Angelina Jolie, who hasn’t been seen in theaters for four years.

Maleficent  — featuring Jolie as the infamous sorceress from Sleeping Beauty — is projected to open in the $65 million-plus range for the weekend, easily enough to come in No. 1. Observers believe the movie is benefiting greatly from targeting girls and moms, as well as families, considering the glut of male-skewing tentpoles in the marketplace (Days of Future Past, Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora in the 3D movie.




Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West isn’t so fortunate. The R-rated Western comedy, from Universal and Media Rights Capital, took in a bleak $6 million from 3,158 locations for a projected debut in the $16 million to $17 million range. That’s dramatically behind the $54.4 million debut of MacFarlane’s Ted on the same weekend two years ago (Ted went on to become the top-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, earning $549.4 million globally) and the $49 million debut of fellow Universal comedy Neighbors three weeks ago.




Million Ways to Die is projected to come in No. 3 after Maleficent and Fox’s Days of Future Past, which is expected to place No. 2 with $33 million-plus.


Here are the top 10 estimates for Friday, May 30, at the domestic box office:



1. Maleficent, 1/3,948, Disney, $24.2 million.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2/4,001, Fox, $9.4 million, $138 million.

3. A Million Ways to Die in the West, 1/3,158, Universal/MRC, $6.1 million.

4. Godzilla, 3/3,501, Warner Bros./Legendary, $3.3 million, $165.7 million.

5. Neighbors, 4/2,393, Universal, $2.4 million, $123.3 million.

6. Blended, 2/3,555, Warner Bros., $2.36 million, $23.6 million.

7. Million Dollar Arm, 3/2,329, Disney, $1.03 million, $25.4 million.

8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 5/2,152, Sony, $1.01 million, $190 million.

9. Chef, 4/624, Open Road Films, $500K, $5.4 million.

10. The Other Woman, 6/1,114, Fox, $435K, $80.1 million.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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