It was not a good weekend at the box office for Seth MacFarlane’s new comedy, “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
“A Million Ways to Die” came in third at the box office, with Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent,” clocking it at first place, earning an estimated $70 million stateside and around $100 million overseas. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” came in at No. 2, earning an estimated $32.6 million.
The “Family Guy” creator’s sophomore cinematic effort opened to an estimated $17.1 million, which was less than a third of the $54 million “Ted” opening in June 2012, according to Box Office Mojo.
MacFarlane’s latest flick also opened lowered than previous summer comedic flops, such as “Year One” ($19.6 million), “Land of the Lost” ($18.8 million), and “The Internship” ($17.3 million).
The middling return comes hardly as a surprise though, as critics have been lambasting the film for it’s less than stellar plot and jokes, as well as MacFarlane’s debut performance as a leading man (we could have told you that).
It will be interesting to see how these reviews will affect the production of MacFarlane’s next big screen outing, “Ted 2,” which is set to hit theaters next June.Matt can be reached at email@example.com, and on Twitter @MattchidaMMA.