Advertisement
 
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Amsterdam, NY ,
Advertisement

Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' tops at the box office with $70M

Monday, June 02, 2014 - Updated: 6:21 AM

By JAKE COYLE

The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The biggest box-office debut of Angelina Jolie's career propelled Disney's twisted fairy tale "Maleficent" to a scary-good $70 million opening.

The PG-rated fantasy beat forecasts to easily top all films over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Though "Maleficent" was early on considered a risky endeavor for Disney that might turn away family audiences by retelling "Sleeping Beauty" from the villain's perspective, the film emerged as a hit largely because of the draw of Jolie.

Star power has been increasingly elusive in modern Hollywood, where name-brand concepts often rule the box-office. But Jolie, in her first live-action starring role in years, drove interest for "Maleficent" despite lackluster reviews from critics.

"It's a unique thing," said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney. "Her star power transcends borders and genre."

Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was out-gunned by "Maleficent." The R-rated Universal release opened in third place with a tepid $17.1 million despite a starry cast of Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried. By contrast, MacFarlane's "Ted" (for which he's making a sequel) opened with $54.4 million in 2012.

Last weekend's top film, Fox's big-budget mutant sequel "X-Men: Days of Future Past," dropped to second with $32.6 million. It's a somewhat steep decline for "Days of Future Past," but the film made $95.6 million internationally in its second week, good enough to push its global cumulative total past $500 million already.

But "Maleficent" dominated the marketplace, which has seen female-leading films continually challenge the much-disputed but still prevalent notion that male stars fuel the box office.

"The whole movie kind of rises and sets on her performance," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "The concept is the character. The character is completely linked to the person playing that role."

Next weekend will bring a battle between Shailene Woodley in the young adult novel adaptation "The Fault in Our Stars" and Tom Cruise in the sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow." "Edge of Tomorrow" got a jump on its North America release, taking in $20 million in 28 countries over the weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included.

1. "Maleficent," $70 million, ($100.6 million international).

2. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," $32.6 million ($95.6 million international).

3. "A Million Ways to Die in the West," $17.1 million ($10.3 million international).

4. "Godzilla," $12.2 million ($15 million international).

5. "Blended," $8.4 million.

6. "Neighbors," $7.7 million ($7.6 million international).

7. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," $3.8 million ($4.1 million international).

8. "Million Dollar Arm," $3.7 million.

9. "Chef," $2 million.

10. "The Other Woman," $1.4 million.

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
The Recorder Sports Schedule

 

The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    Area high school sports calendar
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    'Birdman' leads all with seven Golden Globe nominations
    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Steen to suit up for Lady Rams after health scares
    Friday, December 12, 2014

    URGENT New York panel picks 3 upstate resort casinos
    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Amsterdam's comeback attempt falls short in loss to defending NYS Class A champion Scotia-Glenville
    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Running Rams to play host to defending champs
    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Lady Rams defeat S-G
    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Amsterdam Police help Schenectady find homicide suspect
    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Port Jackson Media changes ownership
    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Jury acquits Broadalbin woman in fatal crash trial
    Saturday, December 13, 2014

Advertisement

Copyright © Port Jackson Media

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook