‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Tops the Box Office This Weekend
It’s been a mighty weekend for the Mistress of Evil. Though the sequel to ‘Maleficent’ stumbled slightly at the domestic box office this weekend, it’s international sales signify that this Disney Villain turned heroine is still popular with audiences.
According to a recent report in Variety, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the follow-up to 2014’s fantasy adventure inspired by “Sleeping Beauty” earned $117 million this weekend from over 56 international markets. This includes a domestic debut of $36 million for a worldwide launch of $153 million. This makes it the #1 film worldwide and Disney created this special trailer to celebrate:
Though Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is coming in at slightly below domestic box office expectations, it still marks the third-highest global opening weekend ever for the month of October. The film saw a 15% jump in ticket sales in China from the original film earning $22.4 million. Other top markets included Russia with $10.7 million, Mexico with $7.8 million and Indonesia with $4.8 million.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejiofor and picks up after the events of the first film, which sees Princess Aurora’s (Fanning) plans to wed. Joachim Ronning (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales”) directed the dark take on Disney’s classic fairytale.
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