Weekend Box Office (May 30 - June 1, 2014)
THIS WEEKEND Angelina Jolie dominated the box office with the fairy tale-inspired epic Maleficent which generated the largest opening of her career with $69.4M from 3,948 theaters for a sensational $17,586 average, according to final studio figures. Disney's PG-rated tale of the villain from Sleeping Beauty used its starpower to attract a wide audience and came close to the $79.1M debut of the studio's Oz: The Great and Powerful from last year. This also marked the first time in nine years that Jolie hit the number one spot with a live-action film. Mr. & Mrs. Smith with future life partner Brad Pitt was her last one from this month in 2005.
Reviews were mixed but audiences came out for the big-screen spectacle and for Jolie and were very satisfied by what they got as the CinemaScore grade was a solid A. Studio research showed that the audience was 60% female. Appeal was broad across all age groups as 51% were over 25. 35% of the business came from 3D formats and IMAX screens accounted for $6.7M, strong for a family film.
The global marketing push resulted in audience excitement around the world leading to a mammoth $100.6M debut from international markets for a $170M worldwide start with the whole summer still ahead. Plus China and Japan have yet to open.
Falling from first place was the super hero epic X-Men: Days of Future Past which fell a sharp 64% in its second round to $32.6M giving Fox $162M to date. That was slightly better than the 67% tumble that the franchise's The Last Stand suffered coming off of the same Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2006 for a total of $175.3M at the same point in the run. A domestic future final of about $210M seem likely.
Seth MacFarlane's new raunchy comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West struggled in its opening weekend and landed in third with $16.8M from 3,158 locations for a mild $5,319 average. That was down a troubling 69% from the $54.4M debut of the Family Guy creator's last hit Ted from June 2012. That film featured MacFarlane in only a voice role, similar to what fans are used to, and packed more starpower with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. West, instead, was the funnyman's first attempt at anchoring a film with a live-action role plus co-star Charlize Theron has a weaker box office track record.
Studio research showed that 55% of the audience was male and 72% was over 25. A lackluster B CinemaScore indicates that customers were only somewhat satisfied with what they got so reaching a broader audience will be difficult. West played mainly to the core Family Guy crowd this weekend.
The Warner Bros. tentpole Godzilla followed with $12M thanks to another steep fall of 61% in the third frame. The cume to date is $174.4M. Dropping a reasonable 43% in its second weekend was the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore flop Blended with $8.1M. With just $29.4M so far, look for a weak $50M final. The raunchy comedy Neighbors declined by 42% to $8.1M and has banked an impressive $129M to date.
In its fifth weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 collected $3.8M, off 52%, giving Sony $192.7M domestically. The international cume climbed to $497.3M putting the webslinger reboot sequel at $690M worldwide. Down 49% was the baseball drama Million Dollar Arm with $3.6M and $28M overall for Disney. Jon Favreau's indie title Chef expanded again and grossed $1.9M putting Open Road at $6.8M. Fox's The Other Woman tumbled 63% to $1.4M for a total cume of $81.1M.
The top ten films grossed $157.7M which was off 1% from last year when Fast & Furious 6 stayed at number one with $35.2M; but up 19% from 2012 when Snow White and the Huntsman debuted on top with $56.2M.
Compared to projections, Maleficent opened ahead of my $62M forecast while A Million Ways to Die in the West debuted well below my $28M prediction.
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|#||Title||May 30 - Jun 1||May 23 - 25||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Maleficent||$ 69,431,298||3,948||1||$ 17,586||$ 69,431,298||Disney|
|2||X-Men: Days of Future Past||32,551,098||90,823,660||-64.2||4,001||2||8,136||162,020,201||Fox|
|3||A Million Ways to Die in the West||16,797,385||3,158||1||5,319||16,797,385||Universal|
|7||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||3,778,605||7,823,388||-51.7||2,152||5||1,756||192,735,902||Sony|
|8||Million Dollar Arm||3,588,444||6,968,980||-48.5||2,329||3||1,541||27,985,053||Disney|
|10||The Other Woman||1,388,886||3,710,407||-62.6||1,114||6||1,247||81,076,034||Fox|
|13||Heaven Is For Real||800,872||2,033,488||-60.6||722||7||1,109||88,013,347||Sony|
|14||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||627,266||1,744,727||-64.0||539||9||1,164||255,176,550||Disney|
|15||The Grand Budapest Hotel||374,752||657,051||-43.0||249||13||1,505||57,338,771||Fox Searchlight|
|17||The Grand Seduction||323,743||94||1||3,444||323,743||eOne|
|18||The Immigrant||311,769||442,774||-29.6||150||3||2,078||1,085,340||Weinstein Co.|
|19||Moms' Night Out||293,047||777,515||-62.3||383||4||765||9,590,223||Sony|
|20||The LEGO Movie||276,486||407,255||-32.1||302||17||916||255,436,997||Warner Bros.|
|Top 5||$ 138,932,213||$ 157,900,155||-12.0|
|Top 20 vs. 2013||163,390,607||159,459,413||2.5|
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