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Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Crosses $700 Million In Global Box Office

Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Crosses $700 Million In Global Box OfficeThe Not-Very-Nice Little Witch That Could keeps enchanting audiences around the globe, as Disney’sMaleficent‘ crossed the $700 million mark in global box office, Disney distribution execs said. It’s the studio’s second 2014 release to cross that high mark (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, box office champ for the first half of 2014, is the other).

Since its U.S. release on May 30, the film has tallied $228.8M domestically. Overseas, it has been extremely strong, no doubt helped by star Angelina Jolie‘s global visibility and appeal. The overall international gross has hit $471.8M so far, with big numbers out of China, Mexico, Russia and Brazil. Japan, which has a habit of keeping late-arriving Disney films in theaters for many lucrative weeks (see what happened with Frozen earlier in the year before Maleficent dethroned it), just debuted the film on July 5. Since then, it’s been No. 1 for three straight weekends, pulling in $32.7M already.

The studio said Maleficent is the year’s highest-grossing film based on an original story, (though some may quibble, given the film’s roots in Disney animated classic Sleeping Beauty). It’s also Jolie’s highest-grossing live-action film ever, whether measured by domestic, international and global box office.

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Update: Intl Box Office: ‘Transformers’ Adds $52M In China Weekend; ‘Dragon 2′ Fires Up $30M; And How’s ‘Tammy’?; ‘Maleficent’ Dethrones ‘Frozen’ In Japan; More

Update: Intl Box Office: ‘Transformers’ Adds $52M In China Weekend; ‘Dragon 2′ Fires Up $30M; And How’s ‘Tammy’?; ‘Maleficent’ Dethrones ‘Frozen’ In Japan; More5TH UPDATE, TUESDAY AM: Paramount came in with numbers late on Monday evening showing a slight bump in the overseas cume for Transformers: Age Of Extinction‘s 2nd frame. It was worth to $96.6M, the studio said, although the total overseas figure to date was unchanged at $400.9M. China‘s gross lifted to $52M from the previous $50.9M estimate. That was good for a total box office in the market through Sunday of $212.8M. There is some confusion over the tally, however, as local websites are reporting it had $222.74M through Sunday. That would push it past Avatar as the highest-grossing movie ever in China. We’re working to get the exact figures nailed down. All other figures for TAOE are updated in the copy below.

4th UPDATE, MONDAY, 4:00 PM PT: Paramount Pictures is the only studio that has not reported, and it has, of course, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which is pounding it way across international markets. So we have finals for everything but the No. 1 pic internationally. The studio is still on holiday in the states. But Sony, Disney, Fox, Warner Bros and Universal have weighed in with updated numbers for their international releases this weekend.

The titles we have final updates for include 22 Jump Street, Deliver Us From Evil, Maleficent, Frozen, The Fault In Our Stars, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2, The Other Woman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Edge Read More »

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Angelina Jolie-Starrer ‘Maleficent’ Casting $600M Worldwide Spell

Angelina Jolie-Starrer ‘Maleficent’ Casting $600M Worldwide SpellAfter five weeks in release, and just before it hits its last overseas market, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent is poised to cross $600M worldwide today. The studio notes this is its 2nd release of the year to pass the threshold, and its 20th ever. Directed by Robert Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie, the film started rolling out internationally on May 28 and opened in North America on May 30. It bowed there at No. 1 with $69.4M and has remained in the Top Five since. It crossed $200M domestically this weekend, and through July 1 is at $205M. At the weekend, it hit $383.7M at the international box office, having added $18.3M in 54 overseas territories. It is the 4th highest grossing film of the year and Jolie’s biggest live-action film of her career. The biggest offshore markets have been Mexico, currently at $43.2M, and China where it opened June 20 and has taken in nearly $40M. Maleficent is expected to surpass $400M overseas just ahead of its July 5 debut in Japan where, I suspect, it may finally be the film that dethrones Frozen. The latter, also a Disney movie, has been No. 1 for 16 consecutive weeks but saw one of its bigger drops this past frame, adding $2.7M.

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DeadlineNow: ‘Transformers 4′ Headed For Mid-$90 Million Opening Weekend (Video)

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'Transformers 4' Pulls In $8.75 On Thursday; 'Dragon 2' & 'Maleficent' Rise

'Transformers 4' is on track for a mid-$90 million weekend take in one of the biggest openings of the year, but so far is not the hoped-for antidote to a slumping summer box office, Deadline's Anita Busch reports.

‘Transformers’ Late Night $8.75M, Matinees Good On Path To Mid-$90M Opening

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FINAL Intl Box Office: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Rides To $43.2M; ‘Maleficent’ Casts $21.8M China Spell; More

FINAL Intl Box Office: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Rides To $43.2M; ‘Maleficent’ Casts $21.8M China Spell; More

HighlightsMaleficent (DIS) crosses $500M global led by China bow; How To Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX) scores No. 1s in 30+ markets; Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) adds $21.3M; The Fault In Our Stars (FOX) shines bright with $19.9M; Godzilla (WB) cumes $67.7M in China; 22 Jump Street (SONY) shows muscle in World Cup markets; Jersey Boys (WB) plays to upscale crowds for $1.6M.

cinemaworldFINAL UPDATE, MONDAY, 6:03 PM: All final numbers in for Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, Disney’s Maleficent, Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Sony’s 22 Jump Street and Heaven Is For Real, the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla from Warner Bros., Fox’s tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the female-centric comedy The Other Woman and the billion-dollar grosser Frozen, which is still at No. 1 for a 15th week in a row in Japan and Paramount’s final grosses for Noah (which debuted in Japan last weekend). Transcendence added on Tuesday at 10:45 AM.

UPDATE, SUNDAY, 7:04 PM PT: This weekend was ultimately pretty stable against last with just a 5% drop across the top 10 titles internationally. That’s not altogether surprising given last weekend was largely a Hollywood holdover frame with some new market plays and only one major new entry in How To Train Your Dragon 2. That movie rolled into a further 28 markets this weekend, but with Maleficent hitting China in its 4th frame, HTTYD2 missed the top overseas spot by a scant $1.2M in the estimates. Disney’s fairy tale spin starring Angelina Jolie earned $21.8M in China and an overall $47.9M extra this weekend. HTTYD2 grossed $43.5M, notably scoring the second-biggest animated opening ever in Brazil with $6.8M and the No. 1 spot. Given that Fox also has the No. 2 film in that market, teen romance The Fault In Our Stars, the World Cup counterprogramming strategy there is paying off. The latter was even up 6% this weekend with a local cume of $18.26M after three frames. See the original post below for the other pics still running notable plays. Read More »

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DeadlineNow: Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up; ‘Transformers’ Sequel Poised To Be A Juggernaut (Video)

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Assessing the Numbers and Looking Ahead

It was a weekend that saw sequels dominating the top 5 movies at the domestic box office list. Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss 'Think Like a Man's' success, inflated studios numbers, Disney's 'Maleficent' passing $500M globally and next week's return of Optimus Prime and the Transformers.

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‘Maleficent’s Robert Stromberg Closing On ‘Ted’ For Most Successful In Losing Helming Virginity

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 4:44pm PDT
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‘Maleficent’s Robert Stromberg Closing On ‘Ted’ For Most Successful In Losing Helming VirginityUPDATE: Well, my bad on this one. Robert Stromberg has a ways to go before his camp can claim the first timer worldwide gross record. Right now, that resides with Seth MacFarlane, whose feature debut Ted grossed $549 million worldwide. They can call me back if he eclipses the mark as his reps had claimed. I forgot about MacFarlane.

With Maleficent reaching $521 million, Robert Stromberg has set the global box office record for the biggest-grossing live-action directing debut. He has toppled Joseph Kosinski, whose first outing Tron Legacy grossed just slightly more than $400 million worldwide. Stromberg far outpaces Rupert Sanders, who came up just short of passing Kosinski when he directed Snow White And The Huntsman, which grossed $396 million. In setting his record, Kosinski beat JJ Abrams, whose Mission: Impossible III grossed $398 million.

strombergNow, people still dispute whether the $170 million Tron Legacy was a hit or not, and some might feel that with today’s escalating budgets that breaking the first-timer record is no big deal. I’d argue it’s quite an accomplishment. Consider the other highly touted first time shooters who didn’t fare nearly as well. Wally Pfister made his directorial debut after a long career as an ace cinematographer for such filmmakers as Chris Nolan. He helmed Alcon’s Transcendence, the Johnny Depp film that was a colossal flop, costing $100 million and grossing only $78 million worldwide. The other big debut came from Carl Rinsch, the commercials wiz who helmed 47 Ronin. Another massive flop, it cost $170 million and grossed $151 million worldwide for Universal. Read More »

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DeadlineNow: ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Brightens Box Office (Video)

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 5:00pm PDT
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Box Office Breakdown

'The Fault In Our Stars' was a $12M-budgeted film whose frontloaded start carried it past the likes of Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. It runs into biggies '22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' this week. Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

Related: FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Phenom $48M

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Phenom $48M; ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ $28.7M And Bows At No. 3 Behind Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT
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Box Office Breakdown

'The Fault In Our Stars' was a $12M-budgeted film whose frontloaded start carried it past the likes of Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. It runs into biggies '22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' this week. Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

OPENING: The Fault In Our Stars (FOX), beyond expectations with a solid $48M; Edge Of Tomorrow (WBros.), $28.7M and expected at No. 3. Noteworthy: Chef (OPRD) respectable in expansion.

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x2065th UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:45 PM: Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars came in pretty much as we predicted on Friday night with $48M on a $12M negative cost (studio figures) for the three-day after a wild ride of a weekend for the teen tearjerker which had it tracking over $50M going into Saturday. The-Fault-In-Our-Stars-Official-Trailer-Video1_FotorThe film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, was front-loaded on Thursday and Friday by author John Green’s best-selling book’s superfans which enjoyed a $25 a pop ticket for a Q&A simulcast with the filmmakers and cast and a stellar $8.2M Thursday night. Then it slid hard on Saturday, falling off 52% and dipped about another 27% on Sunday. The question is how the film will play in its second weekend when Sony’s highly-anticipated 22 Jump Street comes into play with 20-somethings. Also, as we’ve been watching, will its star Jonah Hill ever go back to social media to help build fans for the weekend bow of his film?

edge-of-tomorrowEdge of Tomorrow never cracked $30M; it came in at $28.7M for Warner Bros. However, the film is currently enjoying a strong run overseas, especially in particular markets — China, Russia and Korea. The question remains does Tom Cruise have a solid audience anymore domestically? The sci-fi actioner, which played well on IMAX — accounting for a little over 14% of its total gross — debuted at No. 3 behind the second weekend of Disney’ Maleficent which took in $34.3M (dropping 51% in its sophomore frame). Angelina Jolie will be blasted out of the family circle when the fire-breathing How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in next weekend from DreamWorks Animation. The film is good. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: YA-Driven ‘Fault In Our Stars,’ Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ Second Weekend Of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ In Heated Competition

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT
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Box Office Preview

The YA adaptation about a teenage cancer patient who finds love is off to a sizzling start, while the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner needs to make up ground. Weekend 2 of 'Maleficent' is a wild card. Deadline's Anita Busch reports.

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Weekend Box Office Preview

Tom Cruise's sci-fi movie 'Edge Of Tomorrow' is the latest summer tentpole to hit theaters, but will Fox's teen love story 'The Fault In Our Stars' steal its opening-weekend thunder?

fault-in-our-stars-posterThis is one of those rare weekends, where two movies are opening and another is likely to play strong in its second frame so which might come out on top is a question mark. First off, Fox 2000′s highly-anticipated film based on the best-selling John Green book The Fault in Our Stars opens tonight at 9 p.m. plus it has a a live event going on tonight. That super fan event called “The Night Before Our Stars,” features a live simulcast with the film’s cast and author Green for a Q&A; that’s $25 bucks a pop in 650 theaters. Gotta give kudos to the marketing and distribution team at 20th Century Fox who have really been smart about handling this film. Social media for the picture has just blown up on it as well between the YA crowd but the buzz even has adults wanting to see the film. Having seen it, I gotta say Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did a heck of a job, but once again, it’s a movie about cancer and for those of us who have experienced cancer in our families — and that is a wide swath of movie goers — it’s hard to watch. Is Fault In Our Stars this generation’s Love Story? It bows at 3,171 locales this weekend.

RELATED: Cinemark CEO talks Up Live Event For Fault In Our Stars

Edge of Tomorrow Tom CruiseTonight’s late nights combined with the live-event sales could push its gross to a high level going into the weekend. But, at the end of the day, it is a movie about kids dying from cancer … so that YA fever pitch and the live event is expected to front-load the late night grosses of the film. The question is how it will do on Saturday as it it likely to take a larger hit. Tracking on this film has it anywhere between a low-$30M and the high-end of $40M. So this pic could be No. 1 and beat Maleficent in its second weekend and also the Tom Cruise-starring Edge of Tomorrow, which opened overseas first last weekend in anticipation of its stateside bow.

Edge of Tomorrow, by all accounts, is looking right now to come in No. 3 this weekend in the mid- Read More »

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UPDATE: Int’l Box Office: ‘Maleficent’ Awakens $106.1M Overseas; ‘X-Men’ Adds $95.6M; ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Cruises To $20.1M In Select Markets; ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ Holsters $10M; More

Highlights: Maleficent (DIS) takes estimated $106.1M in overseas bow; X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) mutates beyond $500M worldwide; Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) has $20.1M debut; Godzilla (WB) nearing $200M; A Million Ways To Die In The West (UNI) shoots up $10M; Neighbors (UNI) crosses $200M worldwide; Frozen (DIS) skates past $200M in Japan; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) nears $500M…

cinemaworld3rd UPDATE, MONDAY, 3:46 PM PT: The final tally is in for Maleficent and its weekend debut was better than expected in many international territories. It’s gross is now well past $100M. Specifically, the Angelina Jolie-driven film is at $106.1M in 7,427 runs. Final tally is in for Warner Bros.’ opener Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise but need to corroborate territory by territory breakdowns and will update when we’re sure of them, but otherwise, final numbers are in for Godzilla, Universal’s opener A Million Ways to Die in the West and Neighbors, Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Other Woman and Rio2. In addition, we have Spanish Affairs and Babysitting updates all incorporated below.

2ND UPDATE, MONDAY 9:05 AM PT: While we wait on updated actuals from around the international dial, Disney has revised its numbers for Frozen‘s 12th consecutive weekend atop the Japan box office. The cume this frame was $7.5M, not $5.8M as the studio previously reported. That was 8% above last weekend and pushed Frozen even farther past the $200M mark locally with the cume now at $207.5M. With X-Men: Days Of Future Past taking the No. 2 slot in its bow — at $3.4M, the best of the franchise’s openings since 2003 — could it ultimately fall to Disney’s other female-led fairy tale to snatch away the box office crown when Maleficent opens on July 4? Frozen figures have been updated throughout the below. Read More »

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Casts $69.4M Spell; ‘A Million Ways To Die In the West’ Flatlines At $16.7M; ‘X-Men’ Falls 64% In Second Week

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Box Office Winners And Losers

Deadline Film Editor Anita Busch offers her post-mortem for the weekend, which saw Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' score big (especially overseas), while Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' went south fast.

OPENING: Maleficent (DIS) conjures up $69.4M ; A Million Ways To Die In The West (UNI) done for at $16.7M.

box_office_weekend_3202008-12-22-12299667655th UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:40 PM: Disney’s announced $70M for numbers on Maleficent even though no one else could conceive of it making that number, but the studio sure got its $70M headline around the world, didn’t it? We didn’t bite and kept it in the $68M+ to $69M+ range. Perception is reality, but the reality is it made $69.4M and now (surprise) the international numbers for Frozen just happened to come in higher in Japan. A bit of a balancing act to squeeze out their $2 billion worldwide box office boast. Would one day have mattered? Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated roustabout MALEFICENTMALEFICENTA Million Ways To Die In The West will end up with less than $17M. MaleficentWhen the dust cleared this morning, the raunchy comedy kicked in only $16.7M for Universal which saddled up for this disaster in anticipation of MacFarlane’s Ted sequel. Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past fell, as reported, 64% in its second weekend and Warner Bros’ Blended and Uni’s Neighbors (in its fourth weekend) were neck in neck all weekend and ended up only $64,000 apart. Blended took the No. 5 spot.

Next Weekend Openers: The Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow from Warner Bros. The screenwriter on the pic, which also stars Emily Blunt, is Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked with Cruise before on Jack Reacher and Valkyrie. The film already bowed overseas to a soft $20M in 28 markets. From 20th Century Fox (I can’t help but think this should have been a Fox Searchlight release) will be the highly anticipated adaptation of the YA John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars with Divergent‘s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Egort starring. It will open day and date in about 20 markets. Chef, which has been getting tremendous word-of-mouth, expands next weekend to around 1,200 theaters. Here’s the final weekend chart: Read More »

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DeadlineNow: ‘Maleficent’ Drubs ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ In Box Office Blowout (Video)

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 1:19pm PDT
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Box Office Winners And Losers

Deadline Film Editor Anita Busch offers her post-mortem for the weekend, which saw Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' score big (especially overseas), while Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' went south fast.

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Maleficent’s Magnificent Box Office, California Tax Credit Lottery, ‘Star Wars’ Adds Lupita Nyong’o (Video)

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 11:55am PDT
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Morning Report, Monday June 2

'Maleficent' scores at box office while 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' dies; California's $100 million Film & Tax Credit lottery deadline is today; Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o Joins 'Star Wars' cast. Dominic Patten reports.

Box Office: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Casts $68M-$69M Spell
California Assembly Passes New Film & TV Tax Credit Bill
Lupita Nyong’o & Gwendoline Christie Join ‘Star Wars’

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Horse’s Mouth 4: ‘Super Fun Night,’ David Chase, Donkey Tongue, And More

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 10:49am PDT

The Horses MouthThe Horse’s Mouth is an ongoing feature with a collection of funny or head-scratching comments and crazy conversations that our staff has had. We thought we’d share them with you. 

COMMENTER on Super Fun Night story: “Super fun night was my absolute favorite program. I’m devastated. I might go eat so much I bust my stomach staple. Rip, good friend.”

COMEBACK COMMENT: “You need your TV privileges revoked. You should have your TVs taken away. You have no business owning a TV. I almost want to say your TV acumen is so bad that you don’t deserve eyes and ears! Why? Because Super Fun Night should have been put out its misery halfway through the first episode. It was indeed THAT awful. And for you to say “it was your absolute favorite show” means you have the TV taste of a tongueless donkey … ”


indexPRODUCER: You have the same cheekbones as Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.
REPORTER: Oh God, I certainly hope not.
PRODUCER: What do you mean? She has great cheekbones.
REPORTER: Those are fake implants designed to make her look evil and weird. I think Rick Baker did those.
PRODUCER: Those aren’t her real cheekbones?
REPORTER: Oh boy, I’m worried about you … an you’re in the movie business?!
PRODUCER: (laughing) Well, yeah, I am but I produce really shitty movies. Read More »

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DeadlineNow: ‘Maleficent’ Headed For Big Weekend At The Box Office (Video)

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 4:58pm PDT
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Weekend Box Office Preview

Deadline film editor Anita Busch and Dominic Patten look ahead at the weekend box office, with 'Maleficent' a good bet for the No. 1 spot.

Related: BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Opens To Magnificent $4.2M Late Nights; Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ Looks To Tonight’s Numbers

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Maleficent’ Opens Strong, Sony’s VFX Arm Moving To BC, Lionsgate Shares Down (Video)

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 11:06am PDT
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Morning Report, Friday May 30

Disney's 'Maleficent' eyeing $70 in opening weekend, Sony's Imageworks leaving LA for Vancouver, Lionsgate predicting big increase in profits, but stocks are down. Dominic Patten reports.

BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Opens To Magnificent $4.2M Late Nights; Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ Looks To Tonight’s Numbers
Sony Imageworks’ Flight To Vancouver Latest Blow In VFX Subsidies Battle
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UPDATE: ‘Maleficent’ Conjures $20.1M In 35 Overseas Markets Ahead Of Weekend Expansion

MALEFICENT-posterUPDATE, FRIDAY 10:20 AM: After bowing in a handful of territories on Wednesday, Angelina Jolie-starrer Maleficent expanded on Thursday to a total 35 markets including Russia, Germany, Korea, Brazil and Australia. Along with the UK, France, Italy and others which got the Disney movie on Wednesday, the total two-day overseas take is $20.1M. In the UK on Wednesday, Jolie had her best-ever opening at $2.5M (with Thursday added in, the UK now stands at $4.6M). Thursday’s $2.1M Germany opening was likewise a milestone for the actress who’s been absent from live-action movies since 2010. Russia opened to $2.4M on Thursday and France was a big No. 1 among new openers with $2.1M on Wednesday. Spain and Mexico open today with some smaller territories that will make for a total of 47 through the weekend. There will be numbers galore in the next few days as international rollouts also begin on Tom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West.

PREVIOUS, THURSDAY 10:23 AM PT: Disney’s Maleficent is off to a strong start internationally. The Angelina Jolie starrer brought in $2.5M yesterday in the UK and Ireland, which the studio says was above expectations. The twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale largely shot in the UK, at London-adjacent Pinewood Studios, and also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Sam Riley. The UK bow surpassed the first … Read More »

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Opens To Magnificent $4.2M Late Nights; Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ Looks To Tonight’s Numbers

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Weekend Box Office Preview

Deadline film editor Anita Busch and Dominic Patten look ahead at the weekend box office, with 'Maleficent' a good bet for the No. 1 spot.

hr_Maleficent_42UPDATED: FRIDAY, 9:00 AM: Maleficent opened last night and conjured up a magnificent $4.2M for Disney, readying for the weekend box office blast by clearly bringing in the adult audience. It has been tracking anywhere between $60M to $70M and now you can bet on the high end (maybe $68M). Maleficent grossed above the $3.9M that Alice in Wonderland grossed in 2010 when it bowed at midnight and also the $2M gross at 9 p.m. with Oz: The Great and Powerful, which ended up with an opening weekend of $79.1M  (but that was a better picture).

IMAX is estimating that it took in 13.3% of that $4.2M late night gross or about $560K. X-Men didn’t have the benefit of IMAX last weekend because Godzilla had a stronghold on those screens; they did have large formats though via other exhibs.

Disney sold the picture on a trailer that clearly made it seem too scary for small children, but the kids I was in the theater with on Wednesday night seemed to enjoy it. The five and six year olds were a bit frightened.  It’s a great start to the weekend for this picture. Will be interesting to see what kind of CinemaScore it gets tonight. Right now, Disney’s in-house research shows that the film skewing 54% female and 46% male.

Still waiting to see how the Seth speaks movie plays out as well as how good a hold/how far a drop (depending on your perspective) this weekend will see for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Godzilla dropped 67% in its second weekend, X-Men: The Last Stand also dropped 67% in its sophomore frame after the Memorial Day holiday. Captain America: The Winter Soldier dropped about 51% in its second frame while ASM2 dropped 59%.

A_Million_Ways_To_Die_In_The_West_-_mov-2500_1600x1200_2460232490_genSpeaking of dropping, Seth speaks … I mean A Million Ways to Die in the West … was muted in late night Thursdays (8 p.m.), making only around $891K in 2,290, according to estimates this morning. However, it’s really not a great indicator of the entire weekend … best wait to see tonight’s numbers.

Enough about Seth, what about Angie who is the most watchable character in the movie. Anecdotally, Maleficent is No. 5 behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, Neighbors and X-Men: Days of Future Past in terms of social media activity over the past 30 days, according to RelishMix which tracks social engagement of the Big Three (Facebook, YouTube and Twitter). “Fans are engaged with Maleficent YouTube trailers up to an earned/owned ratio of 11 to 1, showing growing intent especially for a family movie,” says RelishMix CEO Marc Karzen. On Facebook and Twitter, Angelina Jolie’s fans are looking for Brad Pitt being socked on the red carpet by the idiot, attention-seeking Ukranian.

Fandango reports that its pre-sales are outselling Maleficent producer Joe Roth’s Oz: The Great and Powerful which opened in March of last year as well as Snow White and the Huntsman (which Uni opened June 1, 2012) at the same point in the sales cycle. This looks like its gonna be two out of three for Roth so far … although Million Dollar Arm didn’t perform as anyone would have liked at Disney, Sony’s Heaven is For Real from filmmaker Randall Wallace is already up to $87.2M and still playing out. Oz: The Great and Powerful ended up with $493.3M worldwide (split pretty evenly between domestic and international) in 2013. Is it any wonder that Disney and Roth are doing a sequel?

PREVIOUSLY: THURS, 1:15 PM: Maleficent-Official-TrailerMaleficent, the Disney fantasy movie starring Angelina Jolie that has a trailer that’s scarier than the film itself (which is good news or bad news, depending on your age group), is opening tonight at 7 p.m. This weekend, the CGI fractured — uh, dark — fairy tale will be in 3,948 theaters of which 2,951 will be 3-D, on 346 Imax screens and on 213 large-format screens (and 121 D-Box locations). So, see ya, Godzilla; it was fun while it lasted.

Maleficent is expected to easily take the No. 1 box office spot this weekend, followed by last weekend’s opener, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is tracking right now in the high $30Ms. Saturday should be an interesting day for Maleficent given that it’ll be its first family moviegoing day. The film already is opening above expectations overseas. Tracking currently has it between $60M and $70M.

Related: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Opens With $2.5M In UK As International Rollout Begins

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