Maleficent casts spell over box office, halts X-Men uprising
Published on Jun 2, 2014 6:07 AM
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Maleficent, Walt Disney's special-effects laden take on Sleeping Beauty's wicked fairy godmother, captivated moviegoers, collecting US$70 million (S$87.8 million) in ticket sales to win the North American weekend box office stakes.
The movie starring Angelina Jolie as the black-robed villain finished far ahead of last week's winner, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which took US$32.6 million at US and Canadian theatres.
Seth MacFarlane's western comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West was third with US$17.1 million for the three days from Friday to Sunday, according to box office tracking firm Rentrak.
Produced for US$180 million, Maleficent received mixed reviews but opened strongly with Us$4.2 million on Thursday night and conjured up more than 80 per cent of advance ticket sales for the weekend, according to movie ticketing site Fandango.
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