Maleficent tops US box office as X-Men: Days of Future Past becomes highest grossing X-Men movie to date

Disney's Jolie dark fariytale casts a spell at cinemas

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Maleficent has shot to the top of the US box office, with the Angelina Jolie-starring Disney film grossing $70m in its first weekend in cinemas.

The re-working of Sleeping Beauty ousted X-Men: Days of Future Past, but this is unlikely to bother 20th Century Fox, with the sequel having already grossed half a billion dollars worldwide – already beating all previous X-Men films despite this only being its second weekend.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's new comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West entered the top  ten at number three, taking $17million, while Godzilla slipped down to four ($12million).

There were no other new entries, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continuing to perform well despite being released back at the start of May, grossing $3.7million.

The US weekend box office top ten for June 1 (studio estimates):

1 (-) Maleficent - $70,000,000

2 (1) X-Men: Days of Future Past - $32,600,000

3 (-) A Million Ways to Die in the West - $17,069,000

4 (2) Godzilla - $12,225,000

5 (3) Blended - $8,425,000

6 (4) Bad Neighbours - $7,715,000

7 (5) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $3,775,000

8 (6) Million Dollar Arm - $3,700,000

9 (9) Chef - $2,009,000

10 (7) The Other Woman - $1,425,000