Long Range Forecast: 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

Featured Stories - on April 04, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

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Writer/director Seth MacFarlane returns after the phenomenal success of Ted--a surprising $549.4 million global hit from late June 2012--with A Million Ways to Die in the West, another R-rated comedy that will try to rake in serious cash when it opens on May 30. Will A Million Ways match Ted's success or will it just be a minor hit on the way to Ted 2? BoxOffice takes a closer look at the Universal releases commercial prospects.

A Million Ways to Die in the West
(Universal)

PROS:

- Seth MacFarlane has built up a large amount of trust thanks to the success of Family Guy and Ted

- The ensemble cast is one of the finest assembled this summer. The combined power of stars such as Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron and Neil Patrick Harris will definitely help entice plenty of moviegoers.
- Universal's marketing approach is wisely selling the film as being from the creator of Ted.

CONS:

- Opening in between two other comedies--Neighbors and 22 Jump Street--will not be an easy task.
- Following one week after X-Men: Days of Future Past should be tricky. Both films are aimed at Males 18-34.
- Modern Western comedies tend to disappoint at the box office. Remember Wild Wild West?

Check out our prediction for A Million Ways To Die In The West and other films in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Maleficent May 30, 2014 Disney
$61,000,000 $191,000,000
A Million Ways to Die in the West May 30, 2014 Universal
$27,000,000 $73,000,000
X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23, 2014 Fox
$103,000,000** $221,000,000
Blended May 23, 2014 Warner Bros.
$24,000,000** $56,000,000
Godzilla (2014) May 16, 2014 Warner Bros.
$75,000,000 $235,000,000
Million Dollar Arm May 16, 2014 Disney
$15,000,000 $60,000,000
Moms' Night Out May 9, 2014 Sony / AFFIRM
$6,000,000 $14,000,000
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return May 9, 2014 Clarius Entertainment
$4,000,000 $11,000,000
Neighbors (2014) May 9, 2014 Universal
$34,000,000 $126,000,000
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 2, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$112,000,000 $265,000,000
The Quiet Ones Apr 25, 2014 Lionsgate
$10,000,000 $22,000,000
Brick Mansions Apr 25, 2014 Relativity Media
$7,000,000 $16,000,000
The Other Woman (2014) Apr 25, 2014 Fox
$18,000,000 $52,000,000
Bears Apr 18, 2014 Disneynature
$7,000,000 $21,000,000
Transcendence Apr 18, 2014 Warner Bros.
$26,000,000 $76,000,000
A Haunted House 2 Apr 18, 2014 Open Road
$14,000,000 $31,000,000
Heaven is for Real Apr 16, 2014 Sony / TriStar
$11,000,000* $37,000,000
Draft Day Apr 11, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$12,000,000 $36,000,000
Oculus Apr 11, 2014 Relativity Media
$14,000,000 $35,000,000
Rio 2 Apr 11, 2014 Fox
$39,000,000 $136,000,000

*3-day weekend
*4-day weekend 

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report. 

 

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