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6/2/2014 (6 months ago)

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'A Million Ways to Die in the West' flops on opening weekend

The motion picture-going public loves a villain on the big screen - and to that end, lines wrapped around theaters to see "Maleficent," Walt Disney's new take on their "Sleeping Beauty" story. This time, evil queen Maleficent - as played by Angelina Jolie, tells her side of the popular bedtime tale. "Maleficent" opened to a solid $70 million at the U.S. and Canada box office.

This time, evil queen Maleficent - as played by Angelina Jolie, tells her side of the popular bedtime tale. 'Maleficent' opened to a solid $70 million at the U.S. and Canada box office.

This time, evil queen Maleficent - as played by Angelina Jolie, tells her side of the popular bedtime tale. "Maleficent" opened to a solid $70 million at the U.S. and Canada box office.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/2/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Maleficent, Angelina Jolie, movies, opening weekiend


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This past weekend did have one embarrassing debut. "A Million Ways to Die in the West," starring and directed by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy" and "Ted," took a nose dive with just $17.1 million. It just added fuel to the argument that westerns, expensive to produce and largely out-of-touch with modern audiences, are a hard sell to today's crowds.
 
"Maleficent," on the other hand, proved to play even better in foreign markets. Performing strongly in such countries as Mexico, Russia and the U.K., "Maleficent" grossing $100.6 million from 47 markets.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

The film is drawing family audiences during the day but has enough edge to attract adults to late-night shows, according to Dave Hollis, head of theatrical distribution for Disney's film studio. Sixty percent of the film's attendees were female and opening-night crowds gave the movie an A, despite mixed reviews from critics.

Disney's most successful movies of the past few years have been fresh interpretations of classic fairy tales. Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" in 2010 and last year's "Oz the Great and Powerful" all performed solidly.

Walt Disney is scheduled to release live-action versions of both "Cinderella" and "The Jungle Book" next year.

It hasn't all been success for the studio: Audience memories remain fresh of the two screen debacles "The Lone Ranger" and "John Carter."

The top ten at the nation's box offices last weekend were:

1. "Maleficent."
2. "X-Men: Days of Future past"
3. "A Million Ways to Die in the West"
4. "Godzilla"
5. "Blended"
6. "Neighbors"
7. "The Amazing Spider Man 2"
8. "Million Dollar Arm"
9. "Chef"
10. "The Other woman"

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