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'Maleficent' Wins Domestic Box Office, Becomes Angelina Jolie's Best Opener

June 2, 2014 (2:21 am) GMT
Taking in $70 million across North America in the debut weekend, the reinterpretation of 'Sleeping Beauty' is Jolie's highest-grossing movie to date.

"" rules the box office this weekend with an estimated $70 million from 3,948 theaters across North America. It tramples fellow newcomer "" by more than $50 million and hovers over last weekend's champion "" by $30 million.

With such number, "Maleficent" became 's best opening film ever. In 2008, she voiced "" which opened to $60.2 million. Her movie with partner , "", took in $50.3 million in the first week in 2005.

Most of "Maleficent" victory relied on girls and moms audience. "To be able to take something like Sleeping Beauty and come at it from a different angle is intriguing. Then when you can lay on the Disney brand and a star like Angelina Jolie, and you have all the ingredients," said Disney's distribution chief Dave Hollis.

The movie did even better internationally with $100.6 million opening from 47 markets for a worldwide total of $170.6 million. The highest gross came from Mexico, Russia and the U.K.

For Disney, its new interpretations of classic fairy tales have been a huge commodity. The studio had scored box office in previous years through 2010's "" and 2013's "". Next year, Disney plans to launch a live-action movie of "" and "".

Elsewhere in the box office weekend chart, the new "X-Men" movie had a 60.4 percent drop from last weekend's earnings. It sits at number 2 with approximately $32.6 million, followed by 's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" with an estimated $17.1 million. At number 4, "" takes in additional $12.2 million in its third week while "" occupies the fifth place with approximately $8.4 million.

  1. "" - $70 million
  2. "" - $32.6 million
  3. "" - $17.1 million
  4. "" - $12.2 million
  5. "" - $8.4 million
  6. "" - $7.7 million
  7. "" - $3.7 million
  8. "" - $3.7 million
  9. "" - $2 million
  10. "" - $1.6 million

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