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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.

Stills from Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. -- PHOTO: DISNEY ENTERPRISES
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