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MALEFICENT SOARS OVER FLAT BOX OFFICE

June 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top 12 films at the box office this weekend earned $160.1 million, down less than 1 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago — $160.7 million, according to Studio Systems News. Yet this week’s tally was clearly top-heavy, with Disney’s Maleficent dominating with a $69.4-million debut, versus roughly half as much — $35.1 million — for the top film last year, the second week of Universal’s Fast & Furious 6. The same weekend last year also saw Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me open in second place with $29.3 million, followed by the Sony flop After Earth with $27.5 million. This year, the only other film besides Maleficent to open wide was Universal’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, which was DOA with $16.8 million — 40 percent less than the failed After Earth — to place third behind the second week of X-Men: Days of Future Past which plunged 71 percent to $32.6 million. Overseas, the box office sailed ahead, clearly offsetting the doldrums that it encountered domestically. Maleficent opened with $100.6 million in 47 markets (China and Japan, the second- and third-largest markets won’t see the movie until next month), while the second week of X-Men: Days of Future Past added $95.6 million to bring its foreign total to $338.1 million. (Worldwide, it edged past $500 million.) Warner Bros. released the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow in 28 markets — to open it as far ahead of next month’s World Cup craziness as possible — where it took in a so-so $20 million (but received mostly excellent reviews).