All hail box office queen Angelina Jolie.
The actress’ much hyped movie ‘Maleficent’ has cast quite the spell on the masses and has blasted past early estimates to open with a US gross of $70 million.
The refreshed take on Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story exceeded expectations to win its opening weekend by a wide margin; it easily blazed past ‘X Men: Days Of Future’, which dropped to #2, as well as Seth McFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’.
An impressive feat, the numbers serve as the biggest opening of Jolie’s career, and re-affirm her status as a major draw – four years on from her last effort 2010’s ‘The Tourist’.
‘Maleficent’ tells the classic narrative from the magical villain’s perspective — one the masses are clearly keen to lap up.