'Maleficent' Has Record Setting Wednesday

on May 29, 2014


By Alex Edghill

Wednesday Morning Update: Maleficent secured 116,388 tweets on Wednesday, up a gargantuan 188% from Tuesday's 41,328 tweets. I'm not even going to quote comparisons to that since it simply blows all others out of the water and is clearly in a class of its own at this point in terms of social media awareness. Its Wednesday tally is the largest Wednesday before release ever on record, surpassing Fast & Furious 6's 113,395 tweets last April. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse did have 456,112 tweets on a Wednesday, but it was a Wednesday opener so its isn't an apples to apples comparison. Now there is an asterisk next to the number because a large number of those tweets are tied to its Los Angeles premiere which took place Wednesday and also to a red carpet incident which saw Brad Pitt being assaulted. Numerous large films in the past have had Wednesday premieres boost traffic, but between that, the Pitt incident and the already huge profile for the film it has just been a perfect storm of buzz. We are predicting $68.5 million for it this weekend which will put it firmly in the driver's seat for the weekend.

Back down closer to the ground, A Million Ways To Die In The West had a 47% jump to 5,277 tweets on Wednesday, up from its 3,588 tweets on Tuesday. By comparison, Ted had 12,704 tweets on its Wednesday before release a couple Summers ago. No sign of any records here as it has been a much more muted run over the past couple weeks than Ted. We are predicting a solid, though unspectacular, $25 million for it on the weekend.

The first trailer for This Is Where I Leave You debuted yesterday and saw a very respectable 3,660 tweets. The film had been generating virtually zero buzz before it and its star-studded cast helped to make a big splash on the day (for its dark comedy genre). It is opening in a traditionally slow September time frame so its ceiling will be capped but with its cast and strong first trailer double digits might be on the cards. 

Top 15 Movies for Wednesday May 28th

Rk Film Tue Wed Tue-Wed %
1 (+2) Maleficent 41,328 116,388 181.62%
2 (-1) The Fault in Our Stars 101,203 88,485 -12.57%
3 (-1) X-Men: Days of Future Past 43,569 33,331 -23.50%
4 (-) 22 Jump Street 25,135 22,899 -8.90%
5 (-) Godzilla (2014) 14,893 13,634 -8.45%
6 (-) Edge of Tomorrow 8,463 13,464 59.09%
7 (-) Captain America: The Winter Soldier 6,688 6,609 -1.18%
8 (+3) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 3,245 5,524 70.23%
9 (+1) A Million Ways to Die in the West 3,588 5,277 47.07%
10 (-2) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 4,322 3,914 -9.44%
11 (+58) This Is Where I Leave You 60 3,660 6000.00%
12 (-3) Blended 3,974 3,060 -23.00%
13 (-1) Transformers: Age of Extinction 3,133 2,781 -11.24%
14 (-) If I Stay 2,205 2,444 10.84%
15 (-2) Think Like a Man Too 2,769 2,106 -23.94%

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Tags: social-media-trends, A Million Ways To Die in the West, Maleficent

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