It was a good news, bad news kind of weekend for “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”.
While Disney’s Angelina Jolie-starring sequel to 2014’s “Maleficent” managed to capture the top spot at the box office in its debut weekend, reports Box Office Mojo, the film’s $36 million domestic take fell well below the studio’s expectations, given the film’s reported $185-million budget.
The opening also fell short of the original, which boasted a $69-million opening weekend, nearly double what the sequel brought in.
The dismal 41-per-cent score on Rotten Tomatoes, however, is at odds with the film’s 95-per-cent audience score, which Disney’s president of global distribution, Cathleen Taff, thinks could give the movie a boost in the weeks to come.
“While it’s a lower opening than we had expected, we do think we have a good start for October with a great window leading into Halloween,” Taff told Variety. “With great word of mouth, audiences will gravitate to the film.”
The news was far better overseas, however, where “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” brought in $117 million for a worldwide total of $153 million.
“Joker”, which held the top spot for the past two weeks, was bumped down to the number-two spot, bringing in $29.2 million in its third weekend for a domestic total to date of $247 million.
New arrival “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” landed in third place with a domestic opening of $26.7 million, while “The Addams Family” brought in $16 million in its second weekend to capture fourth place.
Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” came in at number five with domestic ticket sales of just $8.5 million in its second weekend for a two-week domestic total of $36.5 million.