Angelina Jolie has cracked her career best with “Maleficent” officially becoming her highest-grossing live-action film of all time, ahead of “Mr and Mrs Smith” which took in $478.2 million worldwide in 2005. The Disney pic crossed the $500 million mark this past weekend on the worldwide box office. The retelling of the classic tale raked in 44.7 million from 54 foreign territories in its fourth weekend. The Robert Stromberg directed pic received a huge sales boost in China which contributed an estimated $20.3 million. Domestically, the movie earned an additional $13 million during its fourth weekend run, with a final domestic total of $186 million.
“Maleficent’s” total international cume of $335.6 million, combined with its $521.6 million worldwide take, ensures Jolie’s career best with more good news on the way according to market specialists. The family friendly pic is expected to continue its financial success with the film expected to be released in Japan on July 4.
This is Robert Stromberg’s first time serving behind the lens as a director. He is best known for his efforts as visual effects expert in the critically acclaimed fantasy movie “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Talk about setting the bar high, Stromberg is officially on our radar as a director to keep an eye on. Jolie is also supported by Elle Fanning, Brenton Thwaites, Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple and Peter Capaldi.