Turns Out “MALEFICENT” Is A Blockbuster After All!

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The grim fable “Maleficent” packed the theaters over the weekend. The film that brings Angelina Jolie (“Salt”) as the title’s witch debuted at No. 1 at the box office with $70 million. This is the biggest opening for a movie starring the actress, surpassing even the animated “Kung Fu Panda” (2008).

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The release did even better overseas, where it earned $100 million, with a very strong Latin America release, bringing the total to $170 million worldwide. This success reinforces the Disney strategy to revive its classic cartoon characters in live-action blockbusters. The studio is already preparing “Cinderella” for next year.

Thus, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” slipped to No.2. However, its earnings of U.S. $32 million is still respectable. In 10 days, the movie reached $162 million in the U.S. alone and topped $500.2 million worldwide, quickly becoming the most successful “episode” of the entire X-Men franchise. A win for both 20th Century Fox and for director Bryan Singer, who during the launch had to face a charge of sexual abuse of a minor. Fox has already ordered a sequel, titled “X-Men : Apocalipse”, so Singer is running to prove his innocence and take his place in the directors seat of the project.

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The blockbusters fight left in 3rd place the premiere of the Old West comedy “A Million Ways to Die In The West” directed by and starring Seth McFarlane (“Ted”). With $17.1 million and negative reviews (33% approval on Rotten Tomatoes), his performance was considered disappointing on the success of other recent comedies like “The Other Women” and “Neighbors”.

In 4th place, “Godzilla” is still showing considerable strength, remaining in the Top 5 after three weeks, against big premieres. The film made ​​over $12.2 million and has accumulated $174 million in the U.S. alone.

The Top 5 closes with the comedy “Blended”, the most feeble of the three starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who made $8 million in its second week. At this rate, the film, that costed $40 million, wont even make that back.

Out of Top 10, the dispute is now between the animated “Lego – The Movie” and the superhero “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier” to define what will be the highest grossing movie of the year in the USA though the oddsmakers at SportsBettingDime.com predict that “Captain America” will outperform “Lego” for the year as one of 2014′s highest grossing films. “Captain America 2″ made ​​over $600,000 over the weekend (in 14th place) and is now only $10,500 to take the tip of the annual ranking in the U.S.

Globally, the Marvel movie is already the highest-grossing of 2014, leading in the U.S. with $709.2, but it is threatened by the other two superhero films in the ranking. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has $690 million, but might not have the chops to continue climbing the parade. In this case, what is striking is the speed with which “X -Men: Days of Future Past” reached $500 million, coming in the ranking competition with with impressive strengh!

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