GLOBAL: 'Maleficent' Edges Out X-Men for Box Office Crown with $100.6M Day-and-Date Debut Overseas on June 01, 2014

image.jpgMaleficent bewitched audiences around the world with a $170.6 million global day-and-date opening -edging out X-Men for the weekend's overseas box office crown. It's Angelina Jolie's biggest live-action debut, scoring Disney's biggest live-action bow of all time in Latin America (excluding Marvel). Maleficent recorded the third best opening weekend of the year in Europe. IMAX functions contributed $9 million globally.

Maleficent collected $100.6 million from 47 overseas territories. Mexico led the charge with a $13.4 million bow. Russia impressed with an $11.5 million debut and the United Kingdom scored an $11 million opening. Several markets are still left on the schedule, including China (June 20) and Japan (July 4).

X-Men: Days of Future Past crossed the $500 million mark worldwide this weekend, making it the highest grossing entry of the franchise after only 12 days in release. The superhero film took $95.6 million in its second weekend of release overseas from 21,643 screens in 74 markets. The film's overseas total is now up to $338.1 million, launching it to a global gross of $500.1 million.

Top performers this weekend included strong holds in China ($21.8M Weekend / $79.1M Cume), France ($8.4M Weekend / $20.5M Cume), South Korea ($7.5M Weekend / $24.1M Cume), UK ($5.8M Weekend / $32.8M Cume), and Brazil ($5M Weekend / $16.3M Cume). The film expands to its final market, Spain, next weekend.

Edge of Tomorrow opened in 28 overseas markets ahead of its North American debut, taking a $20 million head start with over 2.5 million admissions from 4,940 screens. The film is expected to finish the weekend in the UK with a $3.1 million haul from 787 screens. Germany contributed $2.1 million and Spain and Italy both added $1.5 million respectively. The latest Tom Cruise sci-fi adventures expands to 36 more overseas markets next weekend.

Godzilla claimed another $15 million from 64 markets, finishing its latest frame overseas just shy of the $200 million mark.

A Million Ways to Die in the West scored a $10.3 million haul from 21 overseas markets, leading to a $27.4 million global day-and-date opening weekend. The Seth MacFarlane western-comedy expands to territories next weekend.

Neighbors crossed the $200 million mark worldwide after earning $7.6 million from 39 overseas territories. The film has grossed a total of $79.3 million overseas and a global cume of $207.9 million. The comedy expands to 20 more territories in the coming months.

Frozen is the #1 film in Japan for the 12th consecutive weekend. The Disney film only experienced a 15% drop compared to its previous frame in the market, going to gross $5.8 million in its latest outing. Frozen has earned a total of $205.9 million in Japan, where it is the #3 film of all time, and $1.232 billion worldwide. The animated film's overseas total stands at $832 million.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 added $4.1 million from 81 territories this weekend, bringing its cume outside of North America up to $497.3 million. The previous instalment scored a lifetime overseas haul of $495.9 million. The superhero sequel has grossed a total of $690 million worldwide.

Rio 2 added $3 million from 2,163 screens in 32 markets. The animated sequel has grossed $335.7 million overseas and $459.9 million worldwide.

The Other Woman is still in the picture, grossing $2 million from 1,192 screens in 33 markets. That brings the comedy up to a $92 million overseas cume and a $173 global haul.

NORTH AMERICA: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Claims $129.5M in First Week on May 30, 2014


By Daniel Garris

Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past took in $4.97 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The well-received 3D superhero sequel was down a sizable 13 percent from Wednesday, though it should be noted that most wide releases experienced significant percentage declines on Thursday due in part to both Disney's Maleficent and Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West entering the marketplace on Thursday evening. X-Men: Days of Future Past was easily the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $129.47 million. That was towards the lower end of the film's lofty pre-release expectations. Days of Future Past is currently running 75 percent ahead of the $73.89 million seven-day start of 2011's X-Men: First Class and 8 percent behind the $141.33 million seven-day take of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.

Godzilla held steady in second place with $1.85 million. Warner's 3D sci-fi action remake fell 12 percent from Wednesday and 60 percent from last Thursday, as the film has yet to stabilize on the heels of its hefty decline over the holiday weekend. Godzilla placed in second for the week with $45.08 million. That was down 62 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $162.43 million. While it is proving to be very front-loaded, Godzilla is still performing fairly well in the bigger picture thanks in large part to its strength over opening weekend.

Universal's Neighbors took in $1.14 million to remain in third place. The successful modestly budgeted comedy did fall a sharp 15 percent from Wednesday and 43 percent from last Thursday, as it clearly took a hit from the added presence of Maleficent and A Million Ways to Die in the West last night. For the week, Neighbors took in $21.206 million to place in fourth (the film trailed Blended by a very slim $681 for the seven-day frame). Neighbors fell 38 percent from last week and has now grossed $120.89 million through three weeks of release.

Warner's Blended rounded out its disappointing first week of release with $0.99 million on Thursday to place in fourth. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore was down 10 percent from Wednesday. Blended placed in third for the week with $21.207 million. The film performed below expectations this week, which were already relatively low to begin with for a film starring Sandler.

NORTH AMERICA: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Totals $124.5M in 6 Days; 'Godzilla' Clears $160M on May 29, 2014

xmendofpdaily.jpgFox reports that X-Men: Days of Future Past earned another $5.72 million on Wednesday, off an expected 30 percent from Tuesday's strong post-Memorial Day hold (largely boosted by bargain Tuesday prices). The franchise sequel has amassed $124.5 million in its first six days, 78 percent ahead of the pace of 2011's X-Men: First Class.

Godzilla slipped 57.5 percent from last Wednesday to $2.1 million yesterday. The monster reboot has tallied $160.6 million domestically after 13 days, 18 percent more than World War Z at the same point.

Blended took in $1.11 million yesterday for a day-to-day drop of 20 percent. The Adam Sandler comedy's six-day total is $20.2 million, about 7 percent behind the pace of That's My Boy.

Universal's Neighbors added $1.35 million on Wednesday for a healthy week-to-week drop of 33 percent. The comedy's domestic tally thus far is $119.74 million, 57 percent ahead of the pace of This Is the End.

Rounding out the top five, Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 posted $0.59 million yesterday for a 43 percent week-to-week fall. The sequel's total is now $188.43 million--22 percent behind the pace of its predecessor.

'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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Fandango Reports 'Maleficent' Accounting for 80 Percent of Weekend Sales on May 29, 2014

maleficentlongrange.pngLOS ANGELES - May 29, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie as the title sorceress, is casting a spell on ticket-buyers. The Disney adventure is conjuring up more than 80% of the company's weekend ticket sales and topping Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator with a magical 91 out of 100 points. It's currently outselling "Snow White and the Huntsman" at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.

"It's a great juicy titular turn for Angelina," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "Thanks to her entertaining performance and the film's entrancing visual splendor, theaters will be filled with families with older kids, as well as couples on a date this weekend."

Fandango's Karger interviews Angelina Jolie in this week's episode of Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," and points out that the studio wouldn't have made "Maleficent" without her. "I don't know if that's movie industry clout, or some kind of acknowledgment that I'm pure evil," laughs Jolie. "They did say to me, ‘How do you feel about being considered perfect for this particular role?' It's an odd-back-handed compliment in a way, but I'll take it - I like her."

At the end of the "Weekend Ticket" episode, Karger challenges Jolie to a fun trivia quiz about her own movies, from "Girl, Interrupted" to "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," asking her to identify the source of her own classic one-liners (like "Never send a boy to do a woman's job!"). The entire "Weekend Ticket" interview is available for viewing at

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

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