Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' leads Chinese mainland box office

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' leads Chinese mainland box office

Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" took the number one spot at the North American box office with 36 million USA dollars in its opening weekend.

The sequel starring Angelina Jolie will bring in $36 million for its first three days, over 45% below the $69.4 opening weekend for Maleficent in 2014.

"Joker" dropped to second after occupying the top spot for the past two weeks with a respectable $29.2 million in North America and nearly $78 million internationally.

Coming in second place this weekend was Joker in its third weekend with an additional $29.2 million for a total of $247 million so far.

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" marks the lowest opening weekend of the year for Disney and will now rely on the global box office to recoup its $185 million budget.

Actors Angelina Jolie (left) and Michelle Pfeiffer pose during the European premiere of Disney's fantasy adventure film "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" on Oct 7, 2019 in Rome.

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On the work front, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was released over the weekend and Angelina is expected to dive into the filming of her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, The Eternals.

"Zombieland: Double Tap" came in third at $26.7 million. The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to almost $70 million domestically in 2014, and the sequel was expected to earn more stateside. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the zombie comedy reunites stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Bill Murray.

Although it fell to second place after two weekends at the top, Warner Bros' Joker continues to hold strong at the box office. The film took in only $5.3 million overseas for a worldwide total of $32 million.

In notable landmarks, "Hustlers" crossed $100 million domestically this weekend.

That's below the $40 million projection the industry had for the movie's opening. The studio is aiming for a nationwide release by November 8.

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