Disney's ‘Maleficent,’ starring Angelina Jolie and co-starring Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, debuts in first place at the North American box office with $70 million; Seth MacFarlane's R-rated ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ debuts in third place with $17.1 million.
Disney's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie and co-starring Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, debuted in first place at the North American box office with $70 million, marking the best opening of Jolie's career. Overseas, the live-action fairy tale, produced for $175 million, took in $100.6 million for a worldwide total of $170.6 million. The movie grossed $6.7 million in IMAX theaters, and 3D showtimes represented 35 percent of sales.
In second place, holdover X-Men: Days of Future Past fell in its second weekend to $32.6 million for a domestic total of $162.1 million. Overseas, Days of Future Past grossed another $95.6 million for an international total of $338.1 million and global haul of $500.2 million -- the top gross of any X-Men film.
Seth MacFarlane's R-rated comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West came in third place, opening to $17.1 million. The Western-themed comedy, from Universal and Media Rights Capital, made a fraction of the $54.5 million earned by MacFarlane's Ted on the same weekend two years ago. The film, which cost $40 million to produce, opened day-and-date in 21 foreign markets, grossing $10.3 million for a global opening of $27.3 million.
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.' Godzilla came in fourth place for its third weekend out, earning $12.3 million for a domestic total of $174.7 million. Overseas, Godzilla took in $15 million from 64 markets for an international total just shy of $200 and global cume of $374.7 million.
In fifth place, Warner Bros. comedy Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, brought in $8.4 million for a domestic total of $29.6 million.
Universal’s R-rated Neighbors continued to do big business in its fourth week out, coming in sixth place with $7.7 million for a domestic total of $128.6 million and worldwide total of more than $200 million.
Now in its fifth week at the box office, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came in seventh place, bringing in $3.8 million for a domestic total of $192.7 million.
Disney holdover Million Dollar Arm, now in its third week out, came in eighth place, taking in $3.7 million for a total of $28.1 million.
Jon Favreau's Chef came in ninth place, earning an additional $2 million for distributor Open Road Films. The indie food truck comedy has grossed $6.9 million at the domestic box office.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Fox comedy The Other Woman made $1.4 million for a domestic total of $81.1 million.
A week ahead of its domestic debut, Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow opened to $20 million from 28 overseas markets, including the U.K., German, Spain and Italy. Next weekend the Warner Bros. movie expands in to China, Russia, Mexico, France and Australia.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.