Box Office: Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Enchants With $24.2 Mil, Set for $68 Mil Opening


Maleficent” cast a spell at the Friday box office to nab $24.2 million Stateside.

Disney’s Angelina Jolie-starrer looks to make magic this weekend to open to a stellar $68 million. If the estimate pans out, “Maleficent” will mark the highest-grossing live-action debut for Jolie — miles ahead of “Wanted,” which bowed to $50.9 million in 2008.

Jolie is proving that her star power hasn’t waned after four years away from the camera and two back-to-back misfires, 2010’s “Salt” and “The Tourist.”

Seth MacFarlane, however, was less enchanting in his first starring role. Universal’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” launched to $6.1 million.

“Maleficent,” a live-action retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” comes on the heels of several other Disney reimaginings: last year’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” bowed to $79.1 million and 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” premiered to $116 million. The fantasy adventure won’t match those debuts as the pics launched in the less crowded month of March.

Robert Stromberg, the production designer for “Oz” and “Alice,” made his directorial debut with “Maleficent.”

The pic is already doing strong business overseas. “Maleficent” opened to $2.5 million in the U.K. and Ireland on Wednesday, outperforming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” first day and more than doubling “Oz” and “Snow White and The Huntsman’s” debuts.

“Maleficent” reeled in $20.1 million from 35 markets, including Russia, Germany, Australia and Brazil, during its first two days and will slowly expand to 13,011 theaters across 46 countries. The $180 million blockbuster, which co-stars Elle Fanning, will need to haul about $500 million worldwide to make a sizable impact.

Despite mixed reviews (49% on Rotten Tomatoes), it promises steady hold as one of the few family films in theaters this summer. It’ll have “How to Train Your Dragon 2” breathing down its neck come June 13.

Meanwhile, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” landed in third place on Friday behind “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” MacFarlane’s Western comedy looks to lasso in a lower-than-expected $16 million this weekend.

Universal’s other raunchy comedy, “Neighbors,” grossed over three times more ($49 million) in its opening weekend earlier this month. The Seth Rogen-Zac Efron frat film earned $3 million on Friday and stands to make $7.2 million by Sunday, which would raise its cume to $128 million.

Universal, which co-financed the $40 million film with Media Rights Capital, also distributed MacFarlane’s last movie, “Ted.” The R-rated comedy landed Stateside with an astounding $54.4 million in 2012 and went on to make $218.8 million ($549.4 million worldwide).

Meanwhile, Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is still doing solid business after dominating the box office with $110.7 million during Memorial Day weekend. The mutant superpower grossed $9.4 million on Friday and is headed toward $31 million this weekend. That would spike its cume to north of $160 million.

This would also mark a 66% decline, which is at the higher end for films in the “X-Men” franchise, which have dropped between 53% and 70% in their second weekends.

“Godzilla” finished fourth with $3.3 million on Friday, en route to $11 million. If the estimate holds, it will have devoured $173 million in its first two weeks.

Warner Bros.’ other summer blockbuster, “Blended,” rounded out the top five. The rom-com brought in $2.4 million on Friday and will likely earn about $7.7 million this weekend.

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  1. 22 Jump Street, How To rain Your dragon 2 and Transformers 5 are coming. They will be Summer Blockbusters.

  2. jeremyedizon says:

    Blended is a summer blockbuster? More like a summer bust. Lol.

  3. CAROL BOSIER says:


  4. Richard says:

    Godzilla and X-men saw big drops in their second week because the market is so crowded right now. Every week a new movie that cost at least 160 million comes out. I think Transformers will probably do the best because it has less around it when it comes out. In any case its nice to see all these movies are doing well.

  5. Variety needs to get staff who do basic checks before they press print.

    ….Jolie is proving that her star power hasn’t waned after four years away from the camera and two back-to-back misfires, 2010’s “Salt” and “The Tourist.”….

    Tourist. Budget $100 million. Global cinema $278 million.
    Salt. Budget $110 million. Global take $293 million.
    In addition, both did great DVD business and TV revenue which continues.
    These were among Jolie’s top five biggest hits at the global cinema. Bigger take than Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
    She took her rest on a high not a misfire.

    In the early 1990s the North american consumer provided 80% of total revenue for films made in English. By 2020 it will have fallen to nearer 10% than 20% because the global market has exploded. This is why power is draining away from LA.
    Jolie is a global box office star.

  6. therealeverton says:

    AS others have said here, and I and others elsewhere, you need to do some research and stop dredging up erroneous headlines from 4 years ago. The Tourist may have been disappointing, but it was a financial success at the box office, just not singularly at the North American Box Office. Salt may have been rubbish, but it was made over $300m despite that and is hardly a film that nobody saw; or enough to make people sear off ever seeing a Jolie film again.

    Oh and surely A Million was to Die in The West is McFarlane’s first LIVE ACTION starring Role, having “been” Ted in “Ted”.

  7. Joe Smart says:

    Salt might get a sequel and The Tourist was a hit outside the US, so saying they were both misfires is pretty inaccurate.

    • rudapu says:

      Yeah, Salt grossed 300 mil worldwide. The Tourist did 280 mil. Those are hits even though their budgets were a about 100 mil each.

  8. Jorge says:

    Why you keep saying about salt was a misfire ,it did adsolutely fine in the USA and outside it was a success and the tourist made 300 million with a disappointing box office in the USA

  9. Lisa Guzzen says:

    One of the best marketing campaign for a film I’ve seen in years

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