‘Maleficent ’ tops box office
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.