X-Men dominates over witches and the west

05 June, 2014 by Emily Blatchford

X-Men: Days of Future Past enjoyed its second week at the top of the box office, raking in $4,473,632 on the weekend. Despite being down 47% from its opening weekend, the action starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry and Nicholas Hoult still trumped they heavily promoted Disney remake Maleficent and Seth McFarlane’s western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which came in at second and third places respectively.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the seventh overall instalment of the X-Men series and sees Jackman’s Wolverine sent back into the past to change history and thus save the lives of future humans and mutants. The superhero flick, directed by Bryan Singer, was released over 610 screens on the weekend and is distributed by Fox. Its total box office to date is $15,052,66.

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Disney’s Maleficent opened on the weekend, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role and Elle Fanning as Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty remake. Released on 530 screens, the film brought in $4,038,556.

Seth McFarlane’s widely panned A Million Ways to Die in the West held onto the saddle with $2,245,988 in its opening weekend. Distributed by Universal across 353 screens, the comic gross-out Western follows the plight of a sheep farmer (McFarlane) who loses the affections of his fickle girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) after he backs out of a gunfight. He then meets and falls for a beautiful and mysterious stranger (Charlize Theron) only to have to muster his courage when her husband (Liam Neeson) arrives into town.

In its third week of release, Warner Bros’ Godzilla plummeted by 51% to fourth place with an intake of $1,195,920 across 405 screens while Universal’s Bad Neighbours stayed steady in its fourth week with $1,131,277 across 267 screens.

Madman’s quirky comedy The Trip to Italy took $523 046 across 45 screens in its opening weekend. The road trip comedy is the sequel to indie hit The Trip and stars Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan eating, joking and impersonating their way across Italy.

The Other Woman and The Grand Budapest Hotel – both distributed by Fox – are hanging on in their seventh and eighth respective weeks, with the female revenge comedy raking in $333,825 across 179 screens and the hotel caper pulling in $227,665 on 135 screens.

Studiocanal’s Chef pulled $194,758 on 126 screens in its fourth week while Icon’s Belle, also in its fourth week, collected $172,845 across 102 screens.

In 20th place sits Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, now in its second week of release. The Aussie horror took $39,534 over 13 screens and stars Essie Davis as a struggling widow and mother of a troublesome son (Noah Wieseman) who must face up to her demons when a monster begins to haunt their lives.
 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE MAY 29 – JUNE 1

 

Title

Week/Screens

Box Office

%+-

Total

1

X-Men: Days of Future Past

2/610

4,473,632

-47%

15,052,662

2

Maleficent

1/530

4,038,556

N/A

4,189,648

3

A Million Ways to Die in the West

1/353

2,245,988

N/A

2,245,988

4

Godzilla

3/405

1,195,920

-51%

12,655,284

5

Bad Neighbours

4/267

1,131,277

-38%

16,225,341

6

The Trip to Italy

1/45

523,046

N/A

570,872

7

The Other Woman

7/179

333,825

-46%

20,039,026

8

The Grand Budapest Hotel

8/135

227,665

-37%

11,402,113

9

Chef

4/126

194,758

-46%

2,688,458

10

Belle

4/102

172,845

-26%

1,459,240

SOURCE: MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTORS ASSOC. OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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