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article image'Maleficent' makes it an easy win

By Tim O'Brien     Jun 1, 2014 in Entertainment
"Maleficent" awoke the movie-going audience over the weekend and made a big winner out of Angelina Jolie. "Maleficent" did not post numbers like the recent openings of the superhero films or even "Godzilla," but it was a big one for Disney.
It took in an estimated $70 million for the weekend (includes the Thursday showings as well)
It really is Jolie's movie as the others just fill in the plot. Jolie takes her character and gives it wings, so even if one does not like the movie as a whole, it was still worth the trip for many. What seemed to happen after the Friday haul of $24.2 million, crowds and families showed up more on Saturday.
There was a concern that the little ones would stay away because of certain dark aspects. Those who went on Friday spread the word that all was well on the front. It is a PG, and not PG-13, so all is well. It was also Jolie's top opener. Her previous best was $50.9 million for “Wanted" (2008), noted The Wrap.
On the other end, the west was not won by "A Million Ways to Die in the West." The take of $17 million will disappoint the studio and Seth MacFarlane as well. His "Family Guy" audience may have showed up, but the "Ted" crowd did not. If that audience would have, a hit would be in the making.
Weekend
1. "Maleficent" - $70 million
2. "X Men: Days of Future Past" - $32.6 million
3. "A Million Ways to Die in the West" - $17.1 million
4. "Godzilla" - $12.3 million
5. "Blended" - $8.3 million
As for the second week of "X Men: Days of Future Past," it was solid as it grabbed $32.6 million, but is did drop big. Like "Godzilla" before it with a 67 percent drop in its second weekend, "X Men" took a hit at 65 percent.
Back to "Maleficent" for a second. It ended on the higher end of the projections, which were set at around $65-70 million. See here.
On a related entertainment note that may signal a trend or simply about redirecting staff. PEOPLE is getting rid of its TV and movie reviews. Speculation as to why is there but perhaps the idea that there are too many out there and everybody can do it now (on forums such as Rotten Tomatoes, etc., as well), has watered them down.
One last note is that "Noah" has quietly gone over $100 million and as June arrives, "The LEGO Movie" is still the top-grossing film of the year, so far. But, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is set to overtake it at any minute. As of now, 12 films have gone over the $100 million mark, yet not all can or should be termed, blockbusters.
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