Disney's "Maleficent", the newest movie title that takes at least a couple days to pronounce properly, will destroy the competition this weekend, riding on the good ol' Disney faith in "quality" product and the fact that people are somewhat enjoying their darkening of children's material for entertainment affair. The film stars a heavier-than-normal Angelina Jolie (seriously, she looks like she's at least 100 pounds now, which is about ten pounds too heavy to be a star in Hollywood), and looks as though it could exist in the same universe as the less-than-good "Snow White and the Hunstman". For that alone, I'm projecting an opening close to that film, and with Jolie's good name and star power in Hollywood, I see the PG-rated film opening north of $70 million, because a lot of dads will want to take their daughters to see it for obvious reasons.
On the non-PG-rated front comes the R-rated comedy, "A Million Ways to Die in the West", Seth McFarlane's follow-up to his live-action hit "Ted". "West" won't have nearly the draw as "Ted", especially considering people don't want to experience McFarlane's face as much as his voice. The previews do make the film look funny (and is my first choice of movie to see this weekend, because I like to laugh at good comedy and/or bad comedy), and some good faith from "Ted" could allow the film to open around $40 million, making it one of the best openings for a western in box office history.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" will hold up well, though a lot of demand will have already been made opening weekend, and a lot of direct competition is being released. A marginally steep drop could leave what is arguably the best film of the franchise with about $38-43 million, putting it in a close race for second place.
All the other films will eat shit.
1) "Maleficent" - $74 million
2) "A Million Ways to Die in the West" - $43 million
3) "X-Men: Days of Future Past" - $39 million
4) "Godzilla" - $13 million
5) "Neighbors" - $7.5 million
6) "Blended" - $7.1 million
7) "The Amazing Spider-Shit #2" - $4.2 million