The "Family Guy" creator's R-rated Western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" disappointed at the box office, grossing $17.1 million through Sunday domestically and thus missing opening weekend expectations of $20 million to $25 million.
That was about a quarter of the three-day haul from the weekend's No. 1 movie, Disney's revisionist fairy-tale "Maleficent," starring
No one expected "A Million Ways," about a craven farmer who faces a fearsome gunslinger, to match "Ted." But distributor Universal Pictures put a lot of money in marketing the movie and created plenty of pre-release awareness. And with the gold rush for Universal's "Neighbors," the studio has proved there's an appetite for R-rated movies with gross-out gags.
Here are some possible reasons for why "Million Ways to Die" didn't hit its box-office target.
Seth MacFarlane as leading man? He is undeniably a comedy force, but he's not
MacFarlane has had plenty of success with cartoon voice-overs, but the last time many Americans saw his face was when he was hosting of the
Few yee-haws from critics. Critics generally disliked it, and that could have contributed to the misfire. "A Million Ways to Die" holds a 33% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many critics making unfavorable comparisons to
Westerns are box-office roulette. The Western may be the quintessential American genre, but its box-office pull has declined in recent years. On the one hand, Quentin Tarantino's
Didn't die young. "Ted" and "Neighbors" had something in common: They skewed young. "Neighbors," with the help of