This weekend, ‘Maleficent’ surpassed industry expectations becoming the top money-maker at the box office taking in 70 million, making it the biggest opening of Angelina Jolie’s career.
Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” disappoints, bringing in just 17 million.
(Pause here for victory dance celebrating girls and women everywhere.)
“Maleficent” is the latest female driven film, after “Frozen” and “Catching Fire,” to make tons of money and debunk the ridiculously sexist myth that only movies with male protagonists are super profitable. This powerful lie influences the movies that get made for children as well. For example, in 2014, 18 kids’ movies star males while only 6 star females.
It’s especially great to see MacFarlane stumble because the guy is such a sexist pig. He’s the Oscar host who sung the horrible, offensive, and not funny “We Saw Your Boobs” song. MacFarlane called out great actresses like Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Helen Hunt, telling them that he “saw their boobs,” acting like this on screen nudity was a show just for him– and all males– and had nothing to do with the narratives or the parts these women played. He sung that he saw Jodie Foster’s boobs when she played a rape survivor in “The Accused.” The guy makes me sick. That night, he sung that he saw Angelina Jolie’s boobs as well. Now, who’s the boob? It looks like it’s time for MacFarlane to start thinking about what he can show to get people to buy tickets for his boring, loser movies.
It’s awesome to see this kind of movie do well and I feel like there is some momentum going when it comes to good movies for young women, just what is needed right now.
Also, rIght on for calling out Mcfarlane and that puerile, misogynist crap he spewed all over the Oscar audience a couple years ago! I notice they went with Ellen this year, the exact opposite of McFarlane, and that’s saying something since they let people that are a big hit host that show for years if they want i.e. Billy Crystal,
Yes! One of the best days of my life! I love Disney! I love Angelina Jolie! HATE McFarlane!
I can’t wait to see the Maleficent movie. And why are we shocked that anything Seth Macfarlane says is “horrible, offensive, and not funny”? That’s his bread and butter….
as host of the Oscars, I thought he would show more respect for the actors
I still haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s great that another film with a female protagonist is doing well. Regardless of how you feel about the film, it’s important to be able to keep adding movies to the list so someday we don’t have to celebrate each movie and have endless debates about whether or not the protagonists are good role models or whether the movies are feminist. They can just be movies alongside all the other movies.
Also, I still don’t think MacFarlane is that bad. I didn’t find the song at the Oscars offensive. I thought it was making a legitimate point in spite of the silliness.