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"Maleficent" Sits Tres Jolie Atop Box Office Mountain, Seth MacFarlane Dies In The West

Photo of Jim Amos By Jim Amos | Box Office Insider May 31, 2014 at 12:27PM

I'm still waiting for several estimates to come in but it's all Disney and Angelina Jolie at the box office this weekend. Driven by its family friendly PG rating and a large take from its Imax screens, "Maleficent" easily cruised into first place this weekend, grossing an estimated $68-71 million.
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I'm still waiting for several estimates to come in but it's all Disney and Angelina Jolie at the box office this weekend.  Driven by its family friendly PG rating and a large take from its Imax screens, "Maleficent" easily cruised into first place this weekend, grossing an estimated $68-71 million. The movie received an A Cinemascore and should enjoy a huge Saturday and Sunday, which might propel the picture close to, if not over, the $70 million mark.

Seth MacFarlane found out that dying is easy, comedy is hard, as "A Million Ways To Die" greatly under performed and will come in at only $16 million or so.  It seems that moviegoers looking for a laugh preferred known quantities like "Neighbors" and "The Other Woman" than a comedy western starring the guy who directed "Ted".

Elsewhere, "X-Men" dropped around 65-67%, leaving it in second place at $30 million or so, which is what I projected yesterday.  "Godzilla" plunged again, which left it around $10 million.  And "Blended" held in a bit better than I projected, rounding out the Top 5 at $8 million.  

Here are the full Top 10 projections

1.   MALEFICENT---DISNEY---$68-71 MILLION

2.   X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST---FOX---$30 MILLION

3.   A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST---UNIVERSAL---$16 MILLION

4.   GODZILLA---WARNER BROTHERS---$10 MILLION

5.   BLENDED---WARNER BROTHERS---$8 MILLION

6.   NEIGHBORS---UNIVERSAL---$7.5 MILLION

7.   MILLION DOLLAR ARM---DISNEY---$3.8 MILLION

8.   AMAZING SPIDER-MAN---SONY---$3.4 MILLION

9.   CHEF---OPEN ROAD---$1.8 MILLION

10. THE OTHER WOMAN---FOX---$1.6 MILLION


This article is related to: Hit or Miss, Box Office, Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Angelina Jolie


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