'Maleficent' Starts with Strong $24.3 Million on Friday

on May 31, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

Disney reports that Maleficent took in $24.25 million on Friday, including Thursday's $4.2 million preview grosses. BoxOffice projects a $71 million weekend from that figure. Early word of mouth appears fairly healthy with a 76 percent audience score on Flixster--far from glowing, but potentially strong enough among families to give it decent legs. There's no question that Angelina Jolie's star power is driving the fairy tale retelling.

Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West isn't faring well. The western-comedy posted a weak $6.1 million on Friday for a projected $16.2 million opening weekend. Word of mouth won't do the film any favors with its current 54 percent Flixster score.

Meanwhile, X-Men: Days of Future Past slowed down in evening business and hauled an official estimate of $9.4 million on Friday, giving it $138.87 million domestically so far. The sequel is on course for a $31.5 million dollar sophomore weekend.

Godzilla added $3.31 million on its third Friday, bringing its domestic cume to $165.74 million. BoxOffice projects an $11.3 million weekend.

Blended took in $2.38 million yesterday for a new domestic total of $23.58 million. BoxOffice projects an $8 million sophomore frame for the Adam Sandler comedy.

Meanwhile, Universal's Neighbors grossed $2.4 million for a current domestic tally of $123.3 million. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million fourth weekend for the hit comedy.

Tags: Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in the West

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