Weekend Box Office: Angelina Jolie’s MALEFICENT Dominates

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Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, was the big winner at the box office for last weekend of May. A special-effects-laden fantasy ended with an estimated $70 million domestically in its first weekend, making it Jolie’s best opener to date.

A darker twist on Sleeping Beauty, told from the villain’s perspective just in time to enchant family audiences, made a total of $170.6 million at the worldwide box office. Critics are giving it mixed reviews (currently at 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but moviegoers have no such ambivalence (receiving an “A” CinemaScore).

Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West was a tough nut to crack at the box office. The R-rated western comedy scored a disappointing $17 million for a third place debut. (Rotten Tomatoes has it at just 33%, while theatre audiences gave MacFarlane’s follow-up to 2012’s Ted a ‘B” CinemaScore).

In its second weekend of release, X-Men: Days of Future Past added $32.6 million at the U.S. box office, which was good enough for second place, but the film has already passed the $500 million mark worldwide and is already the highest-grossing X-Men movie to date.

Dropping down to fourth, Godzilla has now made a total of $174,6 million domestically since it was released on May 16.

Rounding out the top five was Blended, a rom-com pairing Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in their third film.

Next week brings Tom Cruise‘s Groundhog Day-style action film, Edge of Tomorrow and the tiny-budgeted teen soap, The Fault in Our Stars. Very different indeed.

Hit the jump for more estimates listed by title.

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All U.S. movie box-office figures provided by Box-Office Mojo.

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