‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil‘ Reigns Over Domestic Box Office on Opening Weekend. Disney’s latest live-action film led the box office this weekend in theaters, earning more than: Joker (Warner Bros.), Zombieland: Double Tap (Columbia Pictures), The Addams Family (MGM) and Gemini Man (Skydance).
Collider shared the box office earnings for the weekend and yet again Disney dominated the theaters over the competition. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil earned $36 Million over the course of it’s opening weekend in the domestic box office, and has brought in another $117 internationally, bringing the global box office earnings to $153 Million.
Though that sounds like a ton of money, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil missed the predicted $50 Million mark by $12 Million dollars and has yet to earn back the cost of production. The Maleficent sequel cost an estimated $185 Million to create, meaning the film still needs to bring in another $32 Million to break even with production costs before making a profit. More than likely, the film will recoup costs within the next few weeks, but the lower than expected earnings is alarming for the studio. For a Disney film, this has been a very low yielding film and several factors may explain the poor performance over the weekend.
Disney has been met with a ton of backlash over the heavy saturation of “live-action remakes” and it appears fans have had enough. Many claiming online their refusal to attend any more live-action screenings and imploring Disney to return with new content and sought after sequels. Other factors include the date chosen for the films release being in a low profit month for cinema (October), the soon-to-be release of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+ (which has seen an unprecedented early subscription total), and the high volume of Disney films released in 2019 that seem more appealing to movie goers such as Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker later this year. Not to mention, the films release so close to Halloween. Disney likely chose Oct.. 18th to help with the sale of merchandise for the film, including costume pieces, but may have hurt the outcome of the film due to the highly profitable holiday leaving fans without spare cash to attend the film.
Though all of these factors likely had an impact on the films earnings, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is still a stunning feature and shows fans a more in-depth look at one of the most “hate-to-love” villains from a Disney film. You can check out our review of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil by CLICKING HERE.
For those who are not familiar with the premise of the film, here is a spoiler free description for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil:
“Maleficent and her goddaughter, Aurora, begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark new forces at play. Maleficent encounters a conniving queen who hatches a devious plot to destroy the land’s fairies. Hoping to stop her, Maleficent joins forces with a seasoned warrior and a group of outcasts to battle the queen and her powerful army.”
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is now in theaters. To order tickets, visit Fandango.com, or order tickets through your preferred theater app or local theater box office window.
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