Malef­i­cent tops week­end box of­fice but falls short of ex­pec­ta­tions


LOS AN­GE­LES — The box of­fice was dom­i­nated by vil­lains and se­quels this past week­end as Dis­ney and Buena Vista’s “Malef­i­cent: Mistress of Evil” top­pled “Joker” from the top spot af­ter two week­ends of dom­i­nance.

The $185 mil­lion film, which stars An­gelina Jolie as the tit­u­lar “Sleep­ing Beauty” sor­cer­ess, opened with a dis­ap­point­ing $36 mil­lion, well be­low an­a­lyst pro­jec­tions of $45 mil­lion to $50 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates from mea­sure­ment firm comS­core. In­ter­na­tion­ally it earned $117 mil­lion for a global cu­mu­la­tive of $153 mil­lion.

A fol­lowup to 2014’s “Malef­i­cent,” the se­quel failed to re­cap­ture the al­lure of the first film, which opened with $69.4 mil­lion in North Amer­ica on its way to $758 mil­lion in global ticket sales.

The re­sult may re­flect fa­tigue among movie­go­ers of Dis­ney’s live-ac­tion re­makes, fol­low­ing un­der­per­form­ers such as

and “Alice Through the Look­ing Glass.”

How­ever, it was a par­tic­u­larly strong week­end for spe­cialty films.

In lim­ited re­lease, Fox Search­light opened Taika Waititi’s Holo­caust com­edy “Jojo Rab­bit” in five lo­ca­tions to $350,000 for an im­pres­sive per-screen av­er­age of $70,000, one of the best spe­cialty box of­fice open­ings of the year.A24 opened “The Light­house” in eight lo­ca­tions to $419,764 for a strong per-screen av­er­age of $52,471.

Neon’s “Par­a­site” added 30 lo­ca­tions for a to­tal of 33, earn­ing $1.2 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end for a still im­pres­sive $37,616 per screen av­er­age and a cu­mu­la­tive $1.8 mil­lion. The crit­i­cally ac­claimed Bong Joon Ho film en­joyed a 233% in­crease over its open­ing week­end, fin­ish­ing just out­side the top 10.

In sec­ond place, “Joker” added $29.2 mil­lion. World­wide, it crossed the $700 mil­lion mark af­ter just three weeks in the­atres, cur­rently stand­ing at $737.5 mil­lion. At No. 3, “Zom“Dumbo” bieland: Dou­ble Tap” opened with $26.7 mil­lion.

Orig­i­nal cast mem­bers Jesse Eisen­berg, Emma Stone, Woody Har­rel­son and Abi­gail Bres­lin re­turn a decade later for the se­quel with new­com­ers Rosario Daw­son, Luke Wil­son and Thomas Mid­dled­itch.

In fourth place, “The Ad­dams Fam­ily” an­i­mated re­make added $16.1 mil­lion in its sec­ond week­end.

Round­ing out the top five, “Gem­ini Man” added $8.5 mil­lion.

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