NEW YORK (AP) —Disney's "Maleficent" cast a strong spell at the box office with a $70 million debut.
Featuring Angelina Jolie's first live-action starring performance in four years, "Maleficent" beat forecasts to easily top all films over the weekend. The PG-rated Disney release is a darker twist on "Sleeping Beauty," told from the villain's perspective.
Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was out-gunned by "Maleficent." It opened in third place with a tepid $17.1 million.
Last weekend's top film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" dropped to second with $32.6 million.
And fourth was the holdover — the creature feature, Godzilla — with $12-million.
Overall, industry-wide totals were slightly ahead of last year’s pace.
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