Friday Report: 'Maleficent' Conjures Up $24.2 Million Debut

by Ray Subers

May 31, 2014

Angelina Jolie's Maleficent ruled the box office on Friday with a mighty $24.2 million. Meanwhile, Seth McFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West got off to a weak start.

's $24.2 million debut is nearly identical to Oz The Great and Powerful's $24.1 million and noticeably higher than Snow White and the Huntsman's $20.5 million. Its "A" CinemaScore suggests audiences are enjoying it quite a bit more than critics (49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and it should hold up decently over the next few days. A weekend gross between $67 and $70 million is likely, which will make this the biggest debut ever for star Angelina Jolie.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
plummeted 74 percent to an estimated $9.4 million. That's a steeper drop than Fast & Furious 6's 72 percent; even with good word-of-mouth, it looks like Days of Future Past is going to be a typically front-loaded X-Men movie. At least it's holding up better than The Last Stand, which fell 77 percent at the same point. For the weekend, Days of Future Past should earn around $31 million.

In third place, western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West earned a disappointing $6.1 million. In comparison, writer/director Seth MacFarlane's first movie Ted opened to $20.6 million in June 2012. For the weekend, A Million Ways is on track to earn roughly $16 million.

fell hard once again: the monster movie dropped 62 percent to $3.3 million. Meanwhile, Neighbors and Blended both wound up around $2.4 million.

Weekend Projections

1. Maleficent - $69 million
2. X-Men - $31 million
3. Million Ways - $16 million

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