This weekend at the box office, Maleficent cast a spell on audiences, raking in an estimated $70 million, the fifth largest of the year so far, behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. It also is a new career high for Angelina Jolie, obliterating the $60.2 million Kung Fu Panda snatched back in 2008. If it performs on par with Oz The Great and Powerful (which opened with over $79 million last March), the fantasy retelling should end its run with $207 million here in North America. But with Edge of Tomorrow stealing a large majority of IMAX screens, and How To Train Your Dragon 2 arriving just a week later, Maleficent will probably wind up with north of $180 million total, with $150 million a lock at this point.
In second place, [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) fell 64 percent to $32.6 million, and has now amassed $162 million in the states, and over $500 million worldwide.
Universal's A Million Ways To Die In The West, the only other new wide release, collected $17 million in its first three days. Going into the weekend, many analysts expected an opening in the $25 million range. While it isn't exactly a misfire, this is still a disappointing number considering the combined star power of Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris and Seth MacFarlane's loyal fanbase. Considering it only cost $40 million, it might make a few bucks in the long run.
In its third weekend, [Godzilla](movie:45291) collapsed another 60 percent, grabbing $12.5 million for a new total of $174.6 million, and should crawl past $200 million by the end of its run.
Blended rounded out the top five, falling 41 percent to $8.4 million, and a new total of $29 million, and at this point should wind up with $45 million when all is said and done.
Join us next weekend when [Edge of Tomorrow](movie:267902) and The Fault in Our Stars both debut, and are both expected to debut in the $30 million range.