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Maleficent Soars to the Top of the Box Office with $170 Mil in Global Ticket Sales

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by Inkoo Kang
June 2, 2014 10:57 AM
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After a four-year absence from the big screen, Angelina Jolie crushed the competition and delivered the highest opening weekend of her career with Maleficent

Disney's retelling of Sleeping Beauty, which offers a feminist take on fairy-tale fare a la Frozen (the fifth highest-grossing film of all time), earned $70 million at the domestic box office this weekend and another $100 million internationally. 

Maleficent even out-performed Disney's expectations. A spokesman for Big Mouse said, "We came into the weekend thinking that we were going to do somewhere around $60 million and to end up with $70 million is a really encouraging start."

To the surprise of no one (except maybe studio execs), female audiences, which comprised 60% of the film's ticket-buyers, made Maleficent a hit and spread positive word-of-mouth. (Maleficent received an A-rating from CinemaScore, which polls moviegoers' reactions.)

Now that Jolie and company have proved (yet again) that movies about girls and women do in fact sell, let's hope Hollywood is just a little smarter today and taking a second look at its female-centric projects. 

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  • Fig | June 3, 2014 12:25 PMReply

    She is my heroine. Yah!!
    And I second the comment below.

  • @erinmcnll | June 2, 2014 11:13 AMReply

    What the heck is going on here? Everyone knows no one is interested in movies with female protagonists. Why do they keep making so much money??

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