Angelina Jolie as Maleficent in the upcoming film "Maleficent." Photo Credit: Walt Disney

Maleficent casts a spell on Moviegoers, earning the top spot at the Box Office

It would seem as if the tagline from this season of Once Upon a Time was much more than just a catchy slogan. Evil really does always win. One of Disney’s most storied villains cast a spell on moviegoers this weekend earning the top spot at the Box Office over the weekend.

Walt Disney’s Maleficent brought in an estimated $70 million over the weekend, earning approximately $17,730 per theater where the film was being shown. The film has performed fairly well in the foreign Box Office as well, earning approximately $100.6 million. This brings Maleficent’s worldwide gross to a total of $170.6 million.

Coming in second place this weekend is last week’s champion, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film took a 64.1% fall from last week, earning an estimated $32.6 million over the weekend. This brings the film’s two week domestic total to $162.1 million.

Days of Future Past has performed particularly well in the foreign Box Office where it has earned $338.1 million. This brings the mutant adventure to a worldwide gross of $500.2 million.

In third place this weekend, coming in with a surprisingly low opening weekend is the latest comedic effort from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

The film brought in just over $17.1 million over the weekend according to studio estimates. A Million Ways made even less than that in foreign markets where it earned $10.3 million. This brings the film’s worldwide gross to an estimated $27.4 million.

These are surprisingly low numbers considering the rave reviews that the film has been getting from MacFarlane’s core fan base. If things continue on their current trend, the film will be incredibly lucky to reach the $50 million mark. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but I’m not sure that I am.

Coming in fourth this weekend is the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. The film brought in an estimated $12.2 million over the weekend, bringing the film’s three-week domestic gross to approximately $174.7 million. The film has also performed very well in the foreign markets.

The film has brought in about $200 million overseas, bringing the film’s worldwide gross to $374.7 million. Fun fact, that is just under $5 million shy of the entire worldwide gross of the 1998 version of the classic monster movie.

Finishing off the Top 5 this weekend is the latest comedy from Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore entitled Blended. The romantic comedy brought in an estimated $8.4 million over the weekend, bringing the film’s two-week domestic total to $29.6 million.

Next weekend will bring some pretty stiff competition for the current box office contenders. Coming out next week is the sci-fi adventure Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Also being released next week is the romance The Fault in Our Stars starring Divergent actress Shailene Woodley.

It will be interesting to see how this week’s winners fare against the new crop of films. Unfortunately, for right now, we will have to wait and see.

Here is a look at the Top 10 at the Box Office this weekend courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Title Weekend Gross Weeks
1 Maleficent $70 million $70 million 1
2 X-Men: Days of Future Past $32.6 million $162.1 million 2
3 A Million Ways to Die in the West $17.1 million $17.1 million 1
4 Godzilla $12.2 million $174.7 million 3
5 Blended $8.4 million $29.6 million 2
6 Neighbors $7.7 million $128.6 million 4
7 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $3.8 million $192.7 million 5
8 Million Dollar Arm $3.7 million $28.1 million 3
9 Chef $2 million $6.9 million 4
10 The Other Woman $1.4 million $81.1 million 6


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