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"Maleficent," "West" To Have Solid Openings

By Garth Franklin Friday May 9th 2014 12:00PM

Early tracking data is for the end of May with both fantasy epic "Maleficent" and the Seth MacFarlane western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" likely to do good numbers.

Disney's live-action fairy tale "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie is on course to open potentially above $60 million in the U.S. alone in its opening weekend. The success of "Frozen" is thought to have had an impact in reviving interest in Disney's "princess properties".

R-rated western comedies aren't a sound genre to print money, but Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is expected to open above $35 million. That's below the $54 million of "Ted," but that film had a much more crowd-pleasing hook.

The one upcoming film not looking healthy? The Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore rom-com "Blended". Their last paring, "50 First Dates," opened to nearly $40 million a few years ago. "Blended" on the other hand is looking to open to only a little more than half that.

All of them remain dwarfed by "X-Men: Days of Future Past" which is on course for a $125 million four-day debut.

Source: THR

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