NORTH AMERICA: 'Maleficent' Casts Box Office Spell with $93.9M in its First Week
on June 06, 2014
By Daniel Garris
It what should be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Disney's Maleficent took in $5.399 million on Thursday to lead the box office for a seventh consecutive day. The 3D fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie was down just 4 percent from Wednesday. That percentage hold represented the day's best daily percentage among wide releases, which was especially impressive given the strong Thursday evening debut of Fox's The Fault in Our Stars (which will be counted towards Friday's opening day performance). Maleficent performed on the very high end of its lofty expectations this week with a strong seven-day start of $93.85 million and is set to surpass the $100 million domestic milestone today. Maleficent is currently running 24 percent ahead of the $75.48 million seven-day take of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.
Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past held steady in second place with $2.61 million. The 3D superhero sequel was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. In addition to the new evening competition from both The Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow, the marketplace in general also likely took a bit of a hit from Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Days of Future Past placed in second for the week with $44.93 million. That was down 65 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $174.40 million. X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently running 61 percent ahead of the $108.42 million 14-day take of 2011's X-Men: First Class.
Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West took in $1.28 million to remain in third. The western comedy directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane fell 10 percent from Wednesday's performance. A Million Ways to Die in the West placed in third for the week with a disappointing seven-day start of just $22.99 million and is likely to be at least somewhat front-loaded going forward. Clearly, westerns with comedic elements are currently still a tough sell at the box office.
Godzilla claimed fourth place on Thursday with $1.01 million. Warner's 3D sci-fi action remake fell 9 percent from Wednesday and 45 percent from last Thursday. While it didn't hold up well with the entire week in mind, Godzilla has finally started to show some signs of relative stabilizing during the midweek. For the week, Godzilla placed in fourth with $16.66 million. That brings the film's three-week total to $179.09 million.