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“Maleficent” Wins Box Office, “Million Ways to Die” Disappoints

Two wide releases hit theaters this weekend, but only one delivered on expectations.

“Maleficent,” that film, opened to a healthy $70.0 million to claim first place at the box office.

While not as strong a performer as similar films “Alice in Wonderland” ($116.1 million) and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” ($79.1 million), it did outdeliver “Snow White and the Huntsman” ($56.2 million).

It also enjoyed a significant margin of victory over second place “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Down 64% from last week’s opening tally, the film settled for $32.6 million in its second weekend of release.

New release “A Million Ways to Die in the West” managed just $17.1 million this weekend. Only enough for a third place finish, the total significantly trails the $54.4 million opening weekend tally earned by director Seth MacFarlane’s previous effort “Ted.”

That film also enjoyed considerably stronger reviews.

Down another 61%, “Godzilla” settled for fourth with $12.2 million. “Blended” landed in fifth with $8.4 million.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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