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'Maleficent' casts a spell and grabs first place at box office

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The new film starring Angelina Jolie from Disney, "Maleficent," grabbed the top spot at the box office this weekend earning a domestic total of $69.4 million. The movie earned higher numbers than Disney expected. Although an impressive number, the film will have to earn as well in markets around the globe to become profitable. The film's steep budget was $200 million.

As "Maleficent" took top spot at the box office this weekend, Seth MacFarlane's new comedy "A Million Days to Die in the West" debuted in third place, earning a disappointing $16.8 million for Universal Pictures. MacFarlane's last picture "Ted" debuted in first place, grossing over $50 million, but did open in a weekend with less competition. "A Million Ways to Die in the West" has also been getting horrible reviews and the film maintains a grim 33% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past," starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman, dropped from first to second place, earning an additional $32.6 million for Twentieth Century Fox. The remake of "Godzilla," starring "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston, dropped from second to fourth place, earning an additional $12 million and the comedy "Blended," starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, dropped from third to fifth place during its second week in theaters. The film garnered an additional $8.1 million in North American.

Making their way into movie theaters next weekend are eight films that will endeavor to end "Maleficent's" reign at first place are: Tom Cruise's science fiction action flick "Edge of Tomorrow," the anticipated teen romance "The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley, the romantic comedy "Obvious Child," the thriller "Borgman," the documentary "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon," the thriller "Anna," the horror film "The Sacrament" and the comedy "Trust Me."

Watch for Tom Cruise's new film to bomb and "The Fault in Our Stars" to bring in more audience than anticipated. This film could be the standout that may appeal to moviegoers that have already tired of the Hollywood fare of action hero and raunchy comedy films.

See the below for complete details about the top ten films at the box office this weekend.

Box office statistics from imdb.com.

'Maleficent'
'Maleficent' Photograph courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

'Maleficent'

Disney's "Maleficent" debuted in first place at the box office this weekend. The fairy tale drama made $69.4 million, well above Disney's expectations.

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. - RottenTomatoes.com

"Maleficent" stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. The film is rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images and has a run-time of one hour and 37 minutes.

'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Photograph courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

The superhero film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" dropped from first to second place during its second weekend in theaters. The film earned an additional $32.6 million and has garnered domestic total of $162 million. The film was the fifth highest grossing movie during Memorial Day weekend.

In "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the X-Men group fight a war over two time periods teaming up with their younger selves from the "X-Men: First Class" to bring about a change in history that will save the future. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" stars Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language and has a run-time of two hours and 11 minutes.

'A Million Ways to Die in the West'
'A Million Ways to Die in the West' Photograph courtesy of Universal Pictures

'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

The comedy by "Ted" creator, Seth MacFarlane, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" debuted in third place. The film garnered disappointing box office numbers and reviews from critics. The film earned $16.8 million in North America.

Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar (R) winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and MRC's hit film Ted including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who produce, and Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin who co-wrote the script. - RottenTomatoes.com

"A Million Ways to Die in the West" stars MacFarlane along with Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson. The film is rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material and has a run-time of one hour and 56 minutes.

'Godzilla'
'Godzilla' Photograph courtesy of Warner Bros.

'Godzilla'

The monster thriller "Godzilla" dropped from second to fourth place at the box office during its third week in theaters. The film earned an additional $12 million and has garnered a domestic total of $174.4 million. "Godzilla" stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston.

"Godzilla" is the retelling of the Japanese films from the 1950's. The film was directed by Gareth Edwards ("Monsters") and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston.

"Godzilla" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence and has a run-time of two hours and three minutes.

'Blended'
'Blended' Photograph courtesy of Warner Bros.

'Blended'

The family comedy "Blended" dropped from fourth to fifth place at the box office this weekend. The film earned an additional $8.1 million and has garnered a total of $29.4 million in the U.S. and Canada.

In "Blended," Lauren and Jim agree to never see each other again due to a horrible blind date they had with each other. But the two must learn to compromise when they find each other on an African safari with their respective children and they are made to share a suit with each other during the trip. The film stars Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

"Blended" is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and language and has a run-time of one hour and 57 minutes.

'Neighbors'
'Neighbors' Photograph courtesy of Universal Pictures

'Neighbors'

The frat house vs. suburbia comedy "Neighbors" dropped from fourth to sixth place at the box office this weekend. The film earned an additional $8.1 million and has garnered a total of $129 million in the U.S. and Canada.

In "Neighbors," a film by Nick Stoller ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Get Him to the Greek") A young couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) are forced to move into a home near a fraternity house. Let the neighborly battles begin! "Neighbors" also stars Zac Efron

"Neighbors" is rated R for pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout and has a run-time of one hour and 36 minutes.

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Photograph courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" dropped from fifth to seventh place at the box office this weekend. The film earned an additional $3.8 million during its fourth weekend in theaters in domestic receipts. The film has earned a total of $192.7 million in the U.S. and Canada.

In "The Amazing Spider-Man 2,"  Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. The film also stars Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Sally Field.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence and has a run-time of two hours and 22 minutes.

'Million Dollar Arm'
'Million Dollar Arm' Photograph courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

'Million Dollar Arm'

Disney's "Million Dollar Arm," dropped from sixth to eighth place during its third week in theaters at the box office this weekend. The film earned an additional $3.6 million and has grossed a total of $28 million in the U.S. and Canada.

In "Million Dollar Arm," a sports agent recruits cricket players from India to vie in major league baseball. The film stars "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm and Aasif Mandvi and Alan Arkin.

"Million Dollar Arm" is rated PG for mild language and some suggestive content and has a run-time of two hours and four minutes.

'Chef'
'Chef' Photograph courtesy of Open Road Films (II)

'Chef'

The Jon Favreau comedy "Chef" remained in ninth place at the box office during its fourth week in theaters. The film earned $1.9 million over the holiday weekend and $6.8 since its release.

In "Chef," a chef finds new creative promise when he starts a new business in a food truck after he has been fired from his job and lost his estranged family. Will this new venture bring him happiness in both career and family life? "Chef" was written and directed by Jon Favreau. The film also stars Favreau along with Sofía Vergara, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.

"Chef" is rated R for language, including some suggestive references and has a run-time of one hour and 55 minutes.

'The Other Woman'
'The Other Woman' Photograph courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

'The Other Woman'

Twentieth Century Fox' female friendly film "The Other Woman" dropped from seventh to tenth place at the box office during its sixth week in theaters. The film earned an additional $1.4 million. The film has earned a domestic total of $81.1 million since its release.

In "The Other Woman," after discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly (Cameron Diaz) soon meets the wife (Leslie Mann) he's been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB. The film was directed by Nick Cassavetes and stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.

"The Other Woman" is rated PG-13 on appeal for mature thematic material, sexual references and language and has a run-time of one hour and 49 minutes.

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