After a dude-friendly start to the summer movie season with flicks like X-Men: Days of Future Past, Godzilla,Neighbors, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, summer's second quarter finally promises something for the ladies in May 30's Maleficent and June 6's The Fault in Our Stars.
Up first this weekend, Angelina Jolie's oft-passionate core audience is expected to turn out for Disney's live action version of the famous Sleeping Beauty villain. The film follows in the recent tradition of Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful as the studio introduces classic fairy tale characters to a young, modern audience. The flick represents summer's first tentpole targeted toward women of all ages--an important strategy for Hollywood in the post-Hunger Games climate (or any climate, really).
The presence of a mega-star in Jolie, big scale visuals, and the revival of Disney's drawing power among moms and daughters (thanks to the phenomenal success of Frozen) should make for a potent opening weekend. Jolie and Maleficent will likely surpass the $56.2 million debut of June 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, and, for a bit of fun household rivalry, could even top her man Brad Pitt and World War Z's $66.4 million bow last summer... (MORE)
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Edited by ShawnMR, 28 May 2014 - 12:05 PM.