‘Malef­i­cent ’ tops box of­fice

The Korea Times - - CULTURE - By Lee Gyu-lee [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

The re­turn of Dis­ney’s vil­lain­ous en­chantress in “Malef­i­cent: Mis­tress of Evil” stormed into the lo­cal box of­fice and has dom­i­nated it for six con­sec­u­tive days since it pre­miered Oct. 17. How­ever, de­spite nab­bing the top spot, the film does fall short of ex­pec­ta­tions, and is likely to face a test when “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982” pre­mieres Wed­nes­day.

The lat­est Dis­ney block­buster had ac­cu­mu­lated 717,135 ticket sales gross­ing 6.2 bil­lion won ($5.2 million), as of Wed­nes­day. But the film has also had a rather dis­ap­point­ing out­ing in North Amer­ica with a $36 million open­ing week­end, a steep de­cline com­pared to the first film’s $69 million.

“Malef­i­cent” has pre­miered in most major in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, gross­ing over $157 million world­wide this week. How­ever, it still has more to go to reach the break-even point for its $185 million bud­get.

The se­quel to 2004’s dark fan­tasy “Malef­i­cent” picks up on the af­ter-story of “hap­pily ever af­ter” where the pre­vi­ous se­ries left off. The film starts with Prince Phillip (Har­ris Dick­in­son) propos­ing to Aurora (Elle Fan­ning). When Malef­i­cent (An­gelina Jolie) trav­els to the hu­man world to cel­e­brate the up­com­ing wed­ding, she meets Aurora’s fu­ture mother-in-law Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeif­fer) who has a de­vi­ous plan to de­stroy the fairy world. To fight back against the queen and her forces, Malef­i­cent turns to a group of out­casts and sea­soned war­riors.

Lo­cally, the Hol­ly­wood fairy tale block­buster is about to face com­pe­ti­tion for the top spot at the box of­fice with the much touted “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982.”

The film is the adap­ta­tion of the 2016 best-sell­ing novel of the same name, which trig­gered a heated de­bate about sex­ism here upon its re­lease. The film adap­ta­tion has also been draw­ing at­ten­tion from the pub­lic, both sup­port­ive and skep­ti­cal, even be­fore its pre­miere.

De­spite such a split re­ac­tion to the film, it still man­aged to at­tract 93,170 ad­vance ticket sales, show­ing the an­tic­i­pa­tion for the film.

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