Angelina Jolie thrilled at box office success of Maleficent

US actress Angelina Jolie poses on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
US actress Angelina Jolie poses on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Actress Angelina Jolie poses during a photocall as she takes part in a promotional tour for the film "Maleficent" in Shanghai June 3, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Angelina Jolie poses during a photocall as she takes part in a promotional tour for the film "Maleficent" in Shanghai June 3, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Actress Angelina Jolie was spotted wearing her custom-made gold Christian Louboutin heels while promoting Maleficent in Shanghai, China on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Actress Angelina Jolie was spotted wearing her custom-made gold Christian Louboutin heels while promoting Maleficent in Shanghai, China on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
US actress Angelina Jolie poses on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
US actress Angelina Jolie poses on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
US actress Angelina Jolie poses on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
US actress Angelina Jolie poses on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
This handout photo released by the Walt Disney Company shows US actress Angelina Jolie posing on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014.  -- PHOTO: AFP
This handout photo released by the Walt Disney Company shows US actress Angelina Jolie posing on the terrace of a hotel in Shanghai during a press event on June 3, 2014.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Actress Angelina Jolie was spotted wearing her custom-made gold Christian Louboutin heels while promoting Maleficent in Shanghai, China on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Actress Angelina Jolie was spotted wearing her custom-made gold Christian Louboutin heels while promoting Maleficent in Shanghai, China on June 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
This handout photo released by the Walt Disney Company shows US actress Angelina Jolie attending a press conference in Shanghai on June 3, 2014. Jolie said on Tuesday she was thrilled her latest film Maleficent, a modern retelling of the life of Slee
This handout photo released by the Walt Disney Company shows US actress Angelina Jolie attending a press conference in Shanghai on June 3, 2014. Jolie said on Tuesday she was thrilled her latest film Maleficent, a modern retelling of the life of Sleeping Beauty's arch-nemesis, had debuted at the top of the box office. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Actress Angelina Jolie said on Tuesday she was thrilled her latest film Maleficent, a modern retelling of the life of Sleeping Beauty's arch-nemesis, had debuted at the top of the box office.

Maleficent raked in nearly US$70 million (S$87.9 million) in North America over the past weekend. The movie not only casts Jolie in the title role as the malevolent fairy but was also produced by the star.

"This type of film is really one you do for the audience. It thrills me that people are enjoying it and it's a success," she told a news conference in Shanghai, where she is promoting the movie before its mainland China opening on June 20.

China had the world's second largest box office at US$3.6 billion last year, behind only North America, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. It has attracted a steady stream of Hollywood stars promoting their works.

Jolie said she would welcome the chance to work with a Chinese director, but she hoped her own career would shift away from just acting to working behind the camera.

"In the future, I will be doing less acting and more directing if I'm fortunate enough to have that career," she said. Her directing credits include In The Land Of Blood And Honey about the Bosnian war.

But the actress said she hoped to play the character Maleficent again and admitted taking home a souvenir of the film - the curly, black horns from her costume.

Jolie was accompanied by her partner, the actor Brad Pitt, and three children on her first visit to China, where they visited a contemporary art museum and her children learnt to make Chinese dim sum.

Pitt was punched in the face by an intruder last week while signing autographs at the Hollywood premiere of Maleficent. He did not appear at the Shanghai news conference.

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