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Maleficent Lords Over Weekend Box Office

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DIsney/AP Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Angelina Jolie's return to the big screen didn't put moviegoers to sleep as it trounced X-Men

Disney cast a spell over theaters with Maleficent, the dark retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. The film, which stars Angelina Jolie as the legendary villainess, is expected to earn $70 million in its opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

Though TIME critic Richard Corliss wrote that nearly everything about the movie was “a dismaying botch” — with the exception of Jolie — the film’s flaws clearly didn’t stop moviegoers from showing up en masse.

(PHOTOS: Angelina Jolie’s Career in Pictures)

Last week’s box-office victor, X-Men: Days of Future Past, saw a steep drop from its $91 million opening weekend but is expected to earn $31 million more by the weekend’s end.

Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West made a disappointing debut at third place with only an expected $16 million this weekend, almost a third of Ted’s $20.6 million opening back in 2012.

[Box Office Mojo]

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