Maleficent, X-Men, Edge Hit The Box-Office

Overcoming mixed reviews, Disney’s “Maleficent” dominated the box-office both domestically and internationally this weekend. Within the US, the film pulled $70 million whilst overseas it added another $100.6 million – bringing its first weekend global haul to $170.6 million.

That’s almost on part with the film’s $175 million budget in fact, indicating it will end up being profitable very quickly. The film’s CinemaScore was an A, suggesting audiences loved it and didn’t notice/mind some common criticisms of reviewers such as the film’s quite dark rape metaphor.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” has become the top-grossing title in the “X-Men” franchise after only two weeks of release. With a further $32.6 million domestic and $95.6 million international haul in its second weekend, ‘Future Past’ now sits at $162.1M domestic and $338.1 million internationally.

That puts its worldwide total at $500.2 million, ahead of the entire $459.4 million gross that previous top earner “X-Men: The Last Stand” scored in 2006.

Domestically, Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opened to a disappointing $17.1 million in third place. Costing $40 million, Universal’s comedy isn’t the breakout hit that MacFarlane’s “Ted” was a few years back which opened to more than three times that amount.

The “Godzilla” reboot came in fourth with $12.2 million, while its current global total stands at $341 million.

Internationally, the Tom Cruise led sci-fi action film “Edge of Tomorrow” opened early in 28 markets to try and get ahead of the cinematic blackout that comes with the World Cup in two weeks. Despite strong reviews, it pulled in just $20 million from said markets.

‘Edge’ opens much wider next week so its fate can’t be foretold until then, but to give you an idea of its performance the movie opened to $3.1 million in the UK. That’s less than half of the $7.6 million UK opening for Cruise’s “Oblivion” last year and a far cry from “Maleficent” with its $11 million opening this weekend.

Source: Box-Office Mojo