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Weekend Box Office Report: May 30-June 1, 2014

Jun. 1, 2014by: Dave Davis

Maleficent rules the box office!

Audiences went looking for something a little wicked this weekend, putting Disney's MALEFICENT at the top of the box office with $70 million!

The live-action origin of the iconic villainess put Angelina Jolie in the title role and produced the biggest opening weekend yet for the actress. The pricey PG fairy tale (which reportedly cost around $170 million) also dazzled international crowds for an additional $100 million.

Whether it was the appeal of Jolie or the familiarity of the fantasy material, MALEFICENT opened better than 2012's SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN ($56.2 million). But it trailed the first weekends of other recent big-budget fairy tales OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL ($79.1 million) and ALICE IN WONDERLAND ($116.1 million).

MALEFICENT's FX-filled spectacle didn't completely win over critics (50% on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences were feeling the magic and gave it an 'A' CinemaScore, which could help give the family movie continued momentum into the summer.

Then again, that grade may not actually have much impact -- after all, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST also received an 'A' CinemaScore, but in its second weekend it dropped to #2 with $32.6 million, losing 64% of business from its opening. (Some remain unconvinced that CinemaScore plays much of a role in a movie's success, and it certainly appears to be even more unreliable when it comes to franchises and blockbusters, which tend to be frontloaded for opening weekends.)

Still, the all-star Marvel mutant party has already generated a 10-day domestic total of $162 million, and it's also reached a $500 million global total.

While Seth MacFarlane's TED was a surprise success ($550 million worldwide), his R-rated Western comedy A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST was gunned down in third place with a $17 million opening weekend.

Critics thought MacFarlane's ten-gallon hat was around seven gallons flat (33% on Rotten Tomatoes) and paying crowds shrugged with a 'B' CinemaScore, which means A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST may already be riding into the sunset.

GODZILLA was in fourth with $12.2 million as the King of Monsters stomps toward a likely $200 million domestic (it's already past that mark internationally), while Adam Sandler's new romcom BLENDED dipped to fifth with $8.4 million in its second weekend (a 41% drop).

NEIGHBORS is still going strong after a month in release, and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is also swinging toward $200 million domestic (and nearly $500 million more overseas), though it could end up being the lowest earner of any Spidey feature.

Closing out the list were MILLION DOLLAR ARM, Jon Favreau's foodie comedy CHEF (still expanding) and the Cameron Diaz romcom THE OTHER WOMAN. Falling off the chart were RIO 2 and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, and it should be noted that Disney's relentless FROZEN slid past IRON MAN 3 last weekend to become the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time.

Next weekend finds Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt fighting aliens over and over GROUNDHOG DAY-style in the sci-fi actioner EDGE OF TOMORROW, while drama happens in the buzzed THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. 

What June release are you most interested in seeing? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Maleficent $70 M
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2. X-Men: Days of Future Past $32.6 M $162 M
3. A Million Ways to Die in the West $17 M
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4. Godzilla $12.2 M $174.6 M
5. Blended $8.4 M $29.6 M
6. Neighbors $7.7 M $128.6 M
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $3.7 M $192.7 M
8. Million Dollar Arm $3.7 M $28 M
9. Chef $2 M $6.9 M
10. The Other Woman $1.4 M $81.1 M

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2:14AM on 06/02/2014
I enjoyed Maleficent a good deal. I know a lot of Disney fans have said they don't like how the film makes her sympathetic and that it takes away how she's the "mistress of all evil", but that didn't bother me. Angelina Jolie was flat-out perfect in the role and I thought that unlike, say, the Star Wars prequels, fleshing out her backstory didn't detract from her menace and mystique.
I enjoyed Maleficent a good deal. I know a lot of Disney fans have said they don't like how the film makes her sympathetic and that it takes away how she's the "mistress of all evil", but that didn't bother me. Angelina Jolie was flat-out perfect in the role and I thought that unlike, say, the Star Wars prequels, fleshing out her backstory didn't detract from her menace and mystique.
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10:41PM on 06/01/2014
I kind of thought X-Men would win a second week. Saw Malificent and it's VERY female oriented (main villain is a guy and evil witch from the fairy tale is just a woman betrayed) which may explain its big opening. A Million Ways To Die had a couple of good laughs but its no Blazing Saddles. X-Men's Cinescore might be explained by it being a fourth in the series film. Those going first weekend were all ready fans and would rate it higher
I kind of thought X-Men would win a second week. Saw Malificent and it's VERY female oriented (main villain is a guy and evil witch from the fairy tale is just a woman betrayed) which may explain its big opening. A Million Ways To Die had a couple of good laughs but its no Blazing Saddles. X-Men's Cinescore might be explained by it being a fourth in the series film. Those going first weekend were all ready fans and would rate it higher
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8:21PM on 06/01/2014
Surprised to see that about Malificent. Though it wasn't targeted to me, I really thought it'd bomb. I guess that speaks to the power of AJ - I kinda thought people might be tired of her. I can't remember the last summer movie she did (Salt?), and I figured young audiences wouldn't know the character. But I'm wrong.
Maybe I'm just getting older, but it seems like there are more movies out in the summer, just every week, and it's hard to catch up and it's hard for each film to get the
Surprised to see that about Malificent. Though it wasn't targeted to me, I really thought it'd bomb. I guess that speaks to the power of AJ - I kinda thought people might be tired of her. I can't remember the last summer movie she did (Salt?), and I figured young audiences wouldn't know the character. But I'm wrong.
Maybe I'm just getting older, but it seems like there are more movies out in the summer, just every week, and it's hard to catch up and it's hard for each film to get the audience it deserves. It's absolutely nuts that bats V Supes is scheduled to come out against Cap 3. I know one will prolly change, and I'll end up seeing both, but spread the wealth out some.
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8:23PM on 06/01/2014
QUESTION: Am I the only one who does this? I get behind and then go see 2 films in the same day when I can. I end up not paying for the latter film 80% of the time, and end up liking it a little less bc I'm tired of being at the movies in general. So it's a lose lose for the film and myself
QUESTION: Am I the only one who does this? I get behind and then go see 2 films in the same day when I can. I end up not paying for the latter film 80% of the time, and end up liking it a little less bc I'm tired of being at the movies in general. So it's a lose lose for the film and myself
3:12AM on 06/02/2014
I'm really curious what made you think Malificent would bomb. Even though Jolie hasn't been in front of the camera for a while, the last few major blockbusters she was in kept up her solid track record and Disney's newfound streak of live action fairy tales have all been veritable goldmines so far. Add to that the fact that this was the first real summer movie targeted to tween/teen girls and I don't think it's gross is any surprise at all.
I'm really curious what made you think Malificent would bomb. Even though Jolie hasn't been in front of the camera for a while, the last few major blockbusters she was in kept up her solid track record and Disney's newfound streak of live action fairy tales have all been veritable goldmines so far. Add to that the fact that this was the first real summer movie targeted to tween/teen girls and I don't think it's gross is any surprise at all.
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5:57PM on 06/01/2014

Not a big surprise

I knew X-Men wouldn't have much legs. It's a great film, actually the best of they year so far, next to Grand Budapest Hotel and Snowpiercer. But it's great for the few people that have seen the majority of movies in the franchise. People who haven't will quite likely be confused as fuck. The same thing happened with my friends. They didn't get some of my favorite scenes in the film, like the ending when they had no idea who some of these characters were when they started appearing or what the
I knew X-Men wouldn't have much legs. It's a great film, actually the best of they year so far, next to Grand Budapest Hotel and Snowpiercer. But it's great for the few people that have seen the majority of movies in the franchise. People who haven't will quite likely be confused as fuck. The same thing happened with my friends. They didn't get some of my favorite scenes in the film, like the ending when they had no idea who some of these characters were when they started appearing or what the heck was going on.
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8:35PM on 06/01/2014
Thanks for the way you wrote that - not telling who shows up. One asshole posted who returns on here last week. I was like damn, it's been out 4 days. Maybe it's a bit my fault for getting on the site. I haven't seen DOFP yet, but I've seen them all. And I know about the credits scene too. It's kind of odd to think people would be interested in this without seeing at least X1-2. But reading how DOFP credits scene was done I was surprised the studio did it like that. Same with Avengers.
Thanks for the way you wrote that - not telling who shows up. One asshole posted who returns on here last week. I was like damn, it's been out 4 days. Maybe it's a bit my fault for getting on the site. I haven't seen DOFP yet, but I've seen them all. And I know about the credits scene too. It's kind of odd to think people would be interested in this without seeing at least X1-2. But reading how DOFP credits scene was done I was surprised the studio did it like that. Same with Avengers. I was with a very odd audience for avengers, and the Thanos scene hit - I remembered who he was from the few Avengers related comics I read (I always read Xmen stuff and Spidey), but I remember everybody else being like what the fuck is that dude?
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5:51PM on 06/01/2014

you do know

You do know Amazing 2 box office numbers are not done yet..still all the comic flicks have been hits.
You do know Amazing 2 box office numbers are not done yet..still all the comic flicks have been hits.
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3:05PM on 06/01/2014
Only 10 days and DOFP is the biggest X-Men movie worldwide! No other X movie made more than 460 worldwide (X3). So it will easily end up over 700 million worldwide, a great number for this saga. Good work Mr.Singer! (and what happened with the lawsuit and the damage it will cause in the movie b.o.?)
Only 10 days and DOFP is the biggest X-Men movie worldwide! No other X movie made more than 460 worldwide (X3). So it will easily end up over 700 million worldwide, a great number for this saga. Good work Mr.Singer! (and what happened with the lawsuit and the damage it will cause in the movie b.o.?)
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2:56PM on 06/01/2014
Great. That just means more mediocre fairy tale prequels, re-imaginings, reboots, etc. in the future.
Great. That just means more mediocre fairy tale prequels, re-imaginings, reboots, etc. in the future.
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5:16PM on 06/01/2014
Well, there are already so many in the works, so it's unlikely they would cancel these upcoming films if Maleficent was not a success.
Well, there are already so many in the works, so it's unlikely they would cancel these upcoming films if Maleficent was not a success.
8:28PM on 06/01/2014
Let's try and see the silver lining here and just hope that means some awesome Blu Ray releases of the [link] crossed...ah fuck it
Let's try and see the silver lining here and just hope that means some awesome Blu Ray releases of the [link] crossed...ah fuck it
2:39PM on 06/01/2014
I just got back from a million ways to die in the west, and thought it was great. But I can see why people wouldn't dive into it, considering there's love and hate for Seth MacFarlane. The cameos in that movie were awesome. Planning on checking out XMEN once again this week.
I just got back from a million ways to die in the west, and thought it was great. But I can see why people wouldn't dive into it, considering there's love and hate for Seth MacFarlane. The cameos in that movie were awesome. Planning on checking out XMEN once again this week.
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2:32PM on 06/01/2014
Saw Chef over the weekend. It was a good, uplifting film and Favreau did a great job with the trifecta of directing, writing, and acting.

Looking forward to seeing Edge of Tomorrow next weekend. Can never go wrong with Cruise; especially in a Sci-Fi film.
Saw Chef over the weekend. It was a good, uplifting film and Favreau did a great job with the trifecta of directing, writing, and acting.

Looking forward to seeing Edge of Tomorrow next weekend. Can never go wrong with Cruise; especially in a Sci-Fi film.
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1:55PM on 06/01/2014

Marketing

Concerned over Edge Of Tomorrow's marketing. I think WB messed up because its only tracking for 30 mil. This is especially sad since its rated higher than Cap: TWS and X-men DOFP on RT.

Hope it can pull off something unexpected like Godzilla though and earn way more than projected.
Concerned over Edge Of Tomorrow's marketing. I think WB messed up because its only tracking for 30 mil. This is especially sad since its rated higher than Cap: TWS and X-men DOFP on RT.

Hope it can pull off something unexpected like Godzilla though and earn way more than projected.
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1:38PM on 06/01/2014

I cannot stress this enough, it deserves it

Go see "Edge of Tomorrow" next week. I saw it last Thursday and it's one of the best movies of the summer so far. Highly entertaining, not a minute in that movie is wasted. It combines elements of "Aliens", "Saving Private Ryan", and "Source Code" (or "Groundhog Day") into an exquisite sci-fi blockbuster. Great action, great performances, an exciting and never dull premise. It's also refreshing as a non-sequel. Please, support it.
Go see "Edge of Tomorrow" next week. I saw it last Thursday and it's one of the best movies of the summer so far. Highly entertaining, not a minute in that movie is wasted. It combines elements of "Aliens", "Saving Private Ryan", and "Source Code" (or "Groundhog Day") into an exquisite sci-fi blockbuster. Great action, great performances, an exciting and never dull premise. It's also refreshing as a non-sequel. Please, support it.
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5:42PM on 06/01/2014
Although it's VERY entertaining, the epilogue almost ruined the film, for me...
Still, it is a good blockbuster, nonetheless...
Although it's VERY entertaining, the epilogue almost ruined the film, for me...
Still, it is a good blockbuster, nonetheless...
6:15PM on 06/01/2014
You don't happen to work for the producers, do you? Is there some sort of scramble at the home office or something?
You don't happen to work for the producers, do you? Is there some sort of scramble at the home office or something?
2:50AM on 06/02/2014
@Cathelotte All the reviews I read were critical of the ending, but I wasn't bothered by it at all, and actually thought it was a good ending.
@Cathelotte All the reviews I read were critical of the ending, but I wasn't bothered by it at all, and actually thought it was a good ending.
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