Disney's latest fairy tale revamp opened big this weekend, with $70 million over the three day frame. The PG-rated fantasy attracted an audience that was 60% female and earned an "A" Cinemascore, while also pulling in $100 million overseas for a worldwide total of $170 million already. Needless to say it's the biggest opening of Angelina Jolie's career, and could possibly get to $200 million depending on the legs, which is pretty much an open question no matter what the audience rating these days. After Godzilla's epic fall last week, this time it was X-Men's turn- despite word of mouth reported to be much stronger, the comic book movie took a steep tumble of 64% to land in second place with $32 million. Many of the X-Men movies have had this problem in the past for some reason, as it's one of the most frontloaded franchises of the superhero genre, but globally it's another story, where it's already crossed $500 million worldwide (the first time any X-Men movie hit that marker).
Seth MacFarlane's poorly reviewed One Million Ways to Die in the West pretty much disappointed, earning just $17 million for the weekend, which was way below expectations, due to the massive hit that Ted was a couple of years ago. It won't do much overseas either, as comedies are not as easily translated like action movie franchises (a sad trend for the future of movies, I'm afraid). Rounding out the top five was Godzilla, which now has $174 million total and may not even make it to $200 million, and Blended, which overtook Neighbors this week for the other comedy slot on the chart.
- Maleficent- $70 million
- X-Men: Days of Future Past- $32.6 million
- A Million Ways to Die in the West- $17.1 million
- Godzilla- $12.2 million
- Blended- $8.4 million
Next week Tom Cruise returns to see if he can still pull some box office muscle in the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, while the teen tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, tries to turn it's social media buzz into actual dollars. See you then!