Box Office Aftermath: ‘Maleficent’ Charms Moviegoers to Earn $70 Million

Maleficent 2014 Summer Movie Preview

Rounding out the weekend of June 1, 2014, Maleficent dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales.

Disney had a magnificent weekend with their debut of Maleficent. The live action retelling of the story of the tortured villainess woke moviegoers from their slumber to earn $69.43 million. The film opened almost $50 million less than Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and $10 million less than Oz: The Great and Powerful. However, Maleficent did make more than Snow White and the Huntsman ($56 million). With Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella coming out next year, the marketing team will have to do their due diligence if they expect to keep the live action Disney Princess stories afloat. Jon Favreau’s live action version of The Jungle Book will also be out next year.

X-Men: Days of Future Past fell hard with a 64.2 percent drop in audience retention. The superhero sequel prequel accumulated $32.55 million this weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $162 million. It’s worldwide gross has now crossed over $500 million in just two weeks. It is currently the fourth highest grossing X-Men movie domestically, behind X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($179 million), X2 ($214 million), and The Last Stand ($234 million). Days of Future Past definitely has a shot at toppling Wolverine and X2, but may fall just short of X3.

Seth MacFarlane’s anticipated follow up to Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West, did not come close to what foul mouthed teddy bear was able to haul in two years ago. Taking $16.79 million, A Million Ways received about 1/3 the amount of ticket sales of Ted, which grossed $54 million its opening weekend. The movie was just terrible. It would have been funny about 20 years ago.

Godzilla slipped two spots to fourth, and earned itself $12 million for the weekend. It fell another 61 percent in its third weekend, which had poor retention last weekend as well.

And finally, rounding out the top five is Blended. The Adam Sandler comedy raked in $8.14 million and has now grossed $29.35 million. It should make up its $40 million budget by next weekend or a few days thereafter. Please don’t let this happen.

(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)

Weekend Box Office Results 2014 June 1

Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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