#AngelinaJolie’s “Maleficent” has magnificent debut, bewitches “X-Men” and “Million Ways to Die”

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent-(2014)

1. Maleficent – $70 million [debut week] – Angelina Jolie proved her star power isn’t fading anytime soon as her live-action update of Walt Disney Pictures’ 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” had a big time debut. Surprisingly, this is Jolie’s biggest box office opening ever – $34 million more than the $36 million haul of her previous headlining film, the 2010 spy drama “Salt,” and 2008’s “Wanted,” where she co-headlined with James McAvoy. The fairy tale genre is proving to be a reliable draw for Hollywood. “Alice in Wonderland” opened in 2010 to $116 million while “Oz the Great and Powerful” opened last March to $79 million. Have to wonder how much better “Maleficent” would have fared had Disney not positioned it in the heart of the summer movie season..

DF-11515   Peter Dinklage is Dr.Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past.2. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $32.6 million [2nd week; $162 million in total] – The mutants’ latest marked the fifth consecutive week where the previous box office champ was knocked out after only one week atop the heap and the second straight film to make an excess of $90 million (“Godzilla“) and third in four weeks (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2“) to fall to second place its sophomore week. This makes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” three-week reign in April look even more impressive and makes Marvel Studios look like geniuses for getting ahead of the summer blockbuster season to allow its film to enjoy a lengthy box office reign. Surprisingly, “X-Men: DOFP” is actually $4 million ahead of “Winter Soldier’s” gross at the 10 day mark, but stronger summer competition will all but insure it doesn’t end up out-grossing Cap’ sequel.

a_million_ways_to_die_in_the_west - neil patrick harris, amanda seyfried, charlize theron and seth macfarlane3. A Million Ways to Die in the West – $17 million [debut week] This latest comedy by Seth MacFarlane didn’t prove to be the second coming of “Blazing Saddles” after all. This was a disappointing follow-up for MacFarlane as this all-star effort featuring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried didn’t come close to the $54 million debut of MacFarlane’s live-action debut film, the 2012 surprise hit “Ted.”

4. Godzilla – $13 million [3rd week; $174 million in total] – The Big G appears to have finished his rampage through the box office and possibly its last week in the Top 5.  Worldwide, the film has earned $341 million so it was able to recapture its $160 million budget on its international gross alone.

Blended (2014) trailer (Screengrab)5. Blended – $8 million [2nd week; $29.6 million in total] – Adam Sandler’s latest comedy is struggling and his reunion with Drew Barrymore won’t be striking anywhere near the same kind of magic the two found in their 2004 hit “50 First Dates,” which brought in an excellent $120 million. With a meager $2 million international gross, the film may barely gross more than its $40 million budget.