As one of the two big films being released this weekend, Seth MacFarlane brings us his follow-up to 2012’s Ted, this time basing this film in 1882 Arizona. This one is called A Million Ways to Die in the West. MacFarlane has quite the fan-base because of his work in television as the creator of Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. Since he still seems most comfortable with 22-minute slots, it would be nice to see his newest film not suffer the same pacing issues found in Ted. That film was a major hit at the U.S. Box office, making $54.4 million in its opening and grossing $218.5 million domestically, and going onto a $549.3 million worldwide total.
I can’t see his latest being as successful, perhaps because of the negative reviews. Films similar to this open at $28.4 million. This might also not go as high as Ted because it’s a Western, and those don’t appeal nearly as much as vulgar teddy bears. This will mark MacFarlane’s first live-action leading role. Westerns still can be popular, if you’re Quentin Tarantino. Django Unchained had a $30 million debut back in 2012, so let’s see if MacFarlane can register numbers around there. I think he has a chance because the cast looks great for A Million Ways. It also includes Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried, to name a few stars. Anyway, I’m going to predict this film at $33.7 million, because the marketing campaign has been strong. Then again, people might just wait until 22 Jump Street – and since that comes out in just two weeks, it could really prevent this from hitting $100 million.
The other film coming out this weekend is Maleficent, it stars Angelina Jolie as the titular character, and the film is the tale of Sleeping Beauty told from the villain’s perspective. How awesome does that sound? I for one am excited for it. Though, negative reviews have reduced my ‘very excited’ to a firm ‘excited’. Maybe that’s because it looks like it has a similar visual style to Snow White and the Huntsman, in some ways. I think it could be great. Films similar to this open at $63.6 million. Since this had such a strong advertising campaign, I think this will open between Snow White and the Huntsman ($56 million), and Oz the Great and Powerful ($79 million). This is being released a weekend earlier than SW&H was released two summers ago, and I see it surpassing it. I’m not sure if it has $70 million potential, so I’m going to predict this mildly close at $65.3 million.