Maleficent sequel scares up a box-office lead

21 Oct 2019 / 14:27 H.

DISNEY’s new Maleficent: Mistress of Evil topped the North American box office for the weekend with an estimated take of US$36 million despite falling far below the original 2014 film, an industry group reported Sunday.

The original Maleficent, also starring Angelina Jolie, took in US$69.4 million in its debut weekend, going on to earn US$758 million globally.

Both films follow the evil sorceress of Sleeping Beauty fame; Michelle Pfeiffer plays a scheming Queen Ingrith in the latest movie.

Slipping to second in its third week out was Joker from Warner Bros., at US$29.2 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period, Exhibitor Relations said.

It stars Joaquin Phoenix in a backstory about the rise of Batman’s maniacal nemesis.

In third place was new Sony release Zombieland: Double Tap, at US$26.7 million.

With a star-laden cast including Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Luke Wilson and Rosario Dawson, the zombie comedy is expected to remain strong through the month-end Halloween holiday.

In fourth was another Halloween-friendly film, United Artists’ The Addams Family, at US$16.1 million.

The computer-animated movie, which follows the spooky Addams family and some creepy relatives, features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg and Bette Midler. A live-action version in 1991 grossed US$113.5 million in the US.

And in fifth was Paramount’s Gemini Man, starring Will Smith as a retired hitman who must face off against a younger clone of himself. It took in $8.5 million.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were: Abominable (US$3.5 million); Downton Abbey (US$3.1 million), Judy (US$2.1 million), Hustlers (US$2.1 million) and IT: Chapter Two (US$1.5 million). - AFP

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