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Jolie's 'Maleficent' Leads Box Office Top Ten with Strong Femme Appeal, Diaz's 'Other Woman' at $81 Million

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2014 at 1:47PM

Angelina Jolie is a huge movie star. Disney knows how to reach a broad family audience led by women. And beloved fairy tales sell. These are some of the lessons learned --yet again--by "Maleficent"'s magnificent $70 million opening, which dwarfed Seth MacFarlane's western spoof "A Million Ways to Die in the West," aimed squarely at the fickle young male demo, with $17 million.

4. "Godzilla" (Warner Bros.) Week 3 - Last weekend #2

$12,225,000 (-60%) in 3,501 theaters (-451); PSA: $3,492; Cumulative: $174,657,000

Another mighty drop, with worldwide totals approaching $400 million (with two major territories - China and Japan - still to come) likely to push this into modest profit or recouper status at most.

What comes next: Hard to see this being certain sequel bait, at least at this expense.

5. "Blended" (Warner Bros.) Week 2 - Last weekend #3

$8,425,000 (-41%) in 3,555 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $2,370; Cumulative: $29,632,000

The second weekend drop is at the low end for Adam Sandler films, but it came from one of his all-time low opening weekends, so it's a minor plus.

What comes next: This will prove a sizable loss for Sandler and Warners, despite its below-average budget for the star.

6. "Neighbors" (Universal) Week 4 - Last weekend #4

$7,700,000 (-45%) in 2,939 theaters (-327); PSA: $2,625; Cumulative: $128,600,000

Particularly considering the strong comedy competition at the moment, this is holding quite well, adding to profits for this super-cheap ($18 million) production.

What comes next: It won't top "Ted," but this still looks to get to a very impressive $150 million domestic total.

7. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Sony) Week 5- Last weekend #5

$3,775,000 (-52%) in 2,152 theaters (-1,008); PSA: $1,754; Cumulative: $192,730,000

Sony's happy with combined worldwide numbers approaching $700 million. But the domestic take is coming in significantly below the $262 million haul for "Spider-Man 1."

What comes next: Two more sequels are already set, but some tinkering to give the series some extra draw seems inevitable.

8. "Million Dollar Arm" (Buena Vista) Week 3 - Last weekend #6

$3,700,000 (-47%) in 2,329 theaters (-690); PSA: $1,589: Cumulative: $28,097,000

This sports drama is not holding up after its soft opening two weeks ago. This anticipated word-of-mouth crowdpleaser starring "Mad Men"'s Jon Hamm is headed for a loss, despite its meager pre-marketing cost of $25 million.

What comes next: This will not get any major boost from foreign (its baseball-centered tale not being a big draw). It has already lost about a fifth of its theaters in its third week, and further declines are likely.

9. "Chef" (Open House) Week 4 - Last weekend #9

$2,009,000 (-11%) in 624 theaters (+126); PSA: $3,209; Cumulative: $6,924,000

A more modest theater bump in the still somewhat limited release (it goes wider soon) saw about a 25% drop in the PSA, which indicates continuing decent word of mouth.

What comes next: Open Road's first slower roll-out release still looks on track to be one of the better initially platform openers of the year, with $20 million or more still possible.

10. "The Other Woman" (20th Century Fox) Week 6 - Last weekend #7

$1,425,000 (-62%) in 1,114 theaters (-1,040); PSA: $1,279; Cumulative: $81,112,000

Running out of string at this point, with a big theater loss not helping. But this Cameron Diaz vehicle still -- with the aid of even stronger foreign returns, defying the industry concern that female-driven films don't travel well -- looks to end up as a significant success for Fox.

What comes next: This will end up way ahead of what the current films of two past comedy draws -- Adam Sandler and Seth MacFarlane -- will end up doing.

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office Top Ten, Box Office, Thompson on Hollywood, Angelina Jolie, Angelina Jolie, Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.