It looks like mutants are no match for fairies. Disney’s newest live action feature, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, earned a solid $70 million at the domestic box office, knocking off Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past from the top spot, which earned an additional $32.6 million this weekend and a total of $162 million worldwide. Although fueled by the star brand power of Angelina Jolie, Maleficent earned only $100.6 million worldwide. In North America, however, the film is off to a strong start for the villain-centered, live-action prequel/spin-off to the animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent‘s average Tribute user rating is a strong 4.7 stars out of five.
Meanwhile, A Million Ways To Die In The West delivers on the gross, but not the grosses. The Western comedy made its opening this weekend in third place at the box office with $17 million, a disappointing start considering the legions of Family Guy devotees who had followed show runner Seth MacFarlane out of their living rooms and into the movie theaters for his live-action feature debut Ted in 2012. Even the film’s star cast, which includes MacFarlane in the lead role and Charlize Theron, couldn’t mine the gold in them thar theaters.
Rounding out fourth and fifth place at the box office are two Warner Bros.’ pictures: Godzilla, which earned $12.2 million and a Tribute user rating of 3.6 stars, and the Adam Sandler–Drew Barrymore rom-com, Blended, with $8.4 million and 4.2 stars. ~Daniel Horowitz