Angelina Jolie’s latest flick, Maleficent, won big at the box office this weekend, bringing in a solid $70 million, more than doubling second week contender, X-Men: Days of Future Past. In fact, this was Angelina Jolie’s biggest open weekend ever, something I’m sure Disney happy about. Maleficent, which had a budget of approximately $200 million, also stars Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Super 8) and Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium, The A-Team). Elle Fanning is the younger sister of Dakota.
How about those mutants from last week? Well, X-Men: Days of Future Past brought in just over $32 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total over $162 million. That’s not the cool part. The international box office shows the film sitting at just over $500 million! That makes the movie the largest grossing X-Men film ever. Oh and for those curious, we should be getting a look at Anna Paquin’s deleted scenes when the blu-ray releases.
Coming in at third place at the box office is Seth MacFarlane’s latest live-action outing. A Million Ways to Die in the West actually stars the Family Guy and Ted creator in the flesh, along side of Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, and Neil Patrick Harris. The film brought in just over $17 million, which is not promising but it does have some stiff competition from Maleficent, X-Men, and Godzilla which came in at #4 with over $12 in its third week. In fact, Godzilla has hauled in almost $175 million domestically, making it profitable regardless of international audiences, which have been plentiful. Godzilla 2 is already in the works, as well as a third to finish off the trilogy. Does this mean hope for us Pacific Rim fans? Fingers crossed!
The box office top ten round off as follows:
- Maleficent $70 million
- X-Men: Days of Future Past $32.6 million
- A Million Ways to Die in the West $17.1 million
- Godzilla (2014) $12.25 million
- Blended $8.4 million
- Neighbors $7.7 million
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $3.8 million
- Million Dollar Arm $3.7 million
- Chef $2 million
- The Other Woman (2014) $1.5 million
Notable drops from the top ten include Rio 2 and Heaven is for Real. Rio 2 has been in theaters for eight weeks now but still managed to pull off 8th place last week, making this is a big drop, pulling in less than half in sales.
Meanwhile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues its fall, pulling in $600,000 in just 539 theaters.
Next week sees a new blockbuster sci-fi flick in Tom Cruise’s latest film, Edge of Tomorrow from Warner Bros. The film co-stars Emily Blunt and takes place in the future when we are at war with an alien species set to take over our planet. The basic plot is very Groundhog day mixed with various science fiction concepts like District 9 and The Matrix. Edge of Tomorrow is based on a graphic novel named All You Need is Kill.
Also coming out this weekend, The Fault in our Stars from Fox. This film stars young actress Shailene Woodley from The Secret Life of the American Teenager and lead of the new film franchise Divergent, based on the book.