SPIN FACTOR® - The HSX Blog



Whisper Numbers: Maleficent to cast a big spell



After a nearly four-year absence from the big screen, Angelina Jolie [AJOLI] returns to star in a perfectly tailored role in Maleficent [MALEF]. Disney’s 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty gets retold with a live-action PG-rated fantasy from the point of view of the wicked fairy godmother. Ellen Fanning [EFANN] stars as young Princess Aurora while Sharlto Copley [SCOPE] plays her father, the King. The success of Frozen heightened interest in Disney princesses, and Maleficent has been highly anticipated by all Disney fans, but especially mothers and daughters. The special effects and action scenes will help bring out the whole family.  Advanced sales are outpacing the PG-13 rated Snow White and the Huntsman, which debuted with $56.2 million two years ago.  Brewing in 3948 theaters, Maleficent could conjure up $65 million.

X-Men: Days of Future Past [XMEN5] brought back fans of the original trilogy who may have skipped X-Men: First Class. While its 4-day opening weekend fell $12 million short of X-Men: The Last Stand’s $122.9 million, Days of Future Past have already caught up on the daily weekdays. With better reviews and word of mouth, Days of Future Past shouldn’t drop as severely as The Last Stand’s 66%. A second weekend decline around First Class's 56% would put X-Men: Days of Future Past at $40 million.

After the success of directing and voicing Ted, Seth MacFarlane [SMACF] takes the lead role in his follow-up A Million Ways to Die in the West [MWTDW]. The R-rated comedy takes an irreverent and anachronistic look at the old west and boasts a starry cast that includes Charlize Theron [CTHER], Liam Neeson [LNEES] and Amanda Seyfried [ASEYF]. Ted surprised everyone with a $54.4 million opening 2 years ago. However, Universal faces a more crowded marketplace this weekend, and a western may be a harder sell to the mass audience than a talking teddy bear. Passing through 3158 theaters, A Million Ways to Die in the West may bury $31 million.

Godzilla [GODZL] is fading quickly due to mixed word of mouth and increased competition. The giant monster may settle for $14 million during its third weekend.

That’s the whisper from the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): AJOLI, MALEF, EFANN, XMEN5, SMACF, MWTDW, CTHER, LNEES, ASEYF, GODZL

View more Blog posts »



By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 03:08 PM        7592 views


Recent Comments

    No recent comments.


@HSXMOVIES on Twitter





Follow HSX on Twitter!

Kung Fu (KUNFU) 100000 0.19 (-0.04)         Emma Roberts (EROBE) 20000 7.85 (-14.02)         Code Name Veil (CNVEL) 100000 0.18 (-0.04)         The Deep Blue Good-by (TDBGB) 100000 0.18 (+0.01)         The Raven (TRVEN) 100000 0.15 (0.00)         Quasimodo (QUASI) 100000 0.15 (+0.01)         Animal Farm (AFARM) 100000 0.16 (+0.07)         Catfight (CATFT) 100000 0.14 (+0.05)         Bill Pullman (BPULL) 20000 20.88 (-3.52)         Tom Sturridge (TSTUR) 20000 2.64 (+0.02)         Bill Pullman (BPULL) 20000 20.88 (-3.52)         Three Little Words (3LWRD) 100000 0.14 (+0.06)         Colin Firth (CFIRT) 20000 71.51 (+4.20)         Henry Cavill (HCAVI) 20000 169.86 (+1.17)         Looking for Alaska (LKFAK) 100000 0.14 (-0.01)         Tom Sturridge (TSTUR) 20000 2.64 (+0.02)         Not Without Hope (NWOHP) 100000 0.13 (+0.01)         Breath (BRATH) 100000 0.11 (+0.01)         Dark River (DRKRV) 100000 0.12 (+0.02)         Lily James (LJAME) 20000 55.92 (+2.26)         Bill Pullman (BPULL) 20000 20.88 (-3.52)         A Kid Like Jake (AKLJK) 100000 0.08 (0.00)         Shock and Awe (SHAWE) 100000 0.04 (-0.01)         Amanda Seyfried (ASEYF) 20000 28.04 (+9.34)         Whoopi Goldberg (WGOLD) 20000 43.41 (+0.22)         Ashton Sanders (ASSAN) 20000 39.13 (+0.54)         Bel Powley (BPOWL) 20000 0.07 (-0.26)         Green Book (GRNBK) 99334 22.03 (+4.68)         Crazy Rich Asians (CRASN) 100000 70.55 (+9.00)         Bel Powley (BPOWL) 20000 0.07 (-0.26)         Crazy Rich Asians (CRASN) 100000 70.55 (+9.00)         Stellan Skarsgard (SSKAR) 20000 21.48 (-24.31)         Pierce Brosnan (PBROS) 20000 38.23 (+11.10)         Stellan Skarsgard (SSKAR) 20000 21.48 (-24.31)         Evan Peters (EPETE) 20000 84.27 (-1.80)         Crazy Rich Asians H$15 Call (CRASN.CA) 20000 4.65 (+0.70)         Stellan Skarsgard (SSKAR) 20000 21.48 (-24.31)         Pedro Pascal (PPASC) 20000 78.29 (+6.50)         Antoine Fuqua (AFUQU) 20000 87.17 (+2.04)         Ruth Wilson (RUTHW) 20000 37.37 (-0.83)         Andy Garcia (AGARC) 20000 61.97 (-0.91)         Ruth Wilson (RUTHW) 20000 37.37 (-0.83)         Ruth Wilson (RUTHW) 20000 37.37 (-0.83)         Whoopi Goldberg (WGOLD) 20000 43.41 (+0.22)         Nicole Kidman (NKIDM) 20000 13.18 (-0.49)         Ruth Wilson (RUTHW) 20000 37.37 (-0.83)         Ruth Wilson (RUTHW) 20000 37.37 (-0.83)         Stellan Skarsgard (SSKAR) 20000 21.48 (-24.31)         Michael Angarano (MANGA) 20000 3.24 (-0.04)         Dominic Cooper (DCOOP) 20000 41.63 (+5.66)