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

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by Jim Amos
May 31, 2014 12:27 PM
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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


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