The film, which is based on the most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, is Jolie’s biggest debut on the box office till date. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, said, “The whole movie kind of rises and sets on her performance.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past, which topped the box office last weekend, has now descended to second position. It took USD 32.6m (£19.4m). Moreover, the second highest entry of the weekend was, ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West‘, a western comedy film by Seth MacFarlane, starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. Taking just USD 17.1 million, it was not a strong opening, as compared to McFarlane’s Ted, which collected USD 54.4 million in its opening, two years back in 2012.
Despite of being successful, Maleficent could not cope with the financial soundness of other latest re-imagined fairytales of Disney, which include, Oz: The Great and Powerful, which collected USD 79 million last year when it debuted the weekend, and Alice in Wonderland, which took USD 116 million in its opening in 2010. Robert Stromber, the director of Maleficent, and the production designer in Oz: The Great and Powerful, and Alice in Wonderland, received mixed feedback from critics.