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'Maleficent' is Angelina Jolie's top-earning film

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Over the weekend, Maleficent hit over $520 million at the worldwide box office, making it Angelina Jolie’s highest-grossing film of her career, besting previous record holder Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which took in $478.2 million in 2005.

Maleficent has been in theaters for four weeks in the United States, and it hauled in an additional $13 million this weekend domestically; Maleficent also passed Disney’s similarly styled Oz the Great and Powerful, which grossed $493.3 million worldwide back in 2013.

The film’s overall gross will likely get substantially higher; Maleficent has yet to open in Japan.

Box office update: '22 Jump Street' in early lead with a huge $25 million Friday

Two very strong sequels – 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 – are battling for a top spot at the weekend box office, but early indications put the bumbling cop comedy in the lead. Not surprisingly, the R-rated sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum won the derby Friday night with estimates putting the film at $25 million for the day. Sony Pictures, who co-financed the film with MGM, is now predicting 22 Jump Street will gross $60 million for the weekend, putting it above other R-rated summer comedies like Ted ($54.4 million) and Sex in the City ($57 million.)

“This one feels really good,” says Sony’s distribution prez Rory Bruer of Jump Street when reached Saturday morning. “It’s our highest-tested R-rated comedy ever at our research screenings. Focus groups loved it — thought it was hilarious and funnier than the first. We’re going to end up being the second-highest R-rated comedy ever.”

Jump‘s numbers solidly beat out Dreamworks’ animated family film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which nabbed an estimated $18.5 million for the second slot Friday. But things could all turn around today, when families start mobilizing their troops to the dragon flick featuring voice talent from Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler.

Third place on Friday went to the three-hankie weeper The Fault in Our Stars, which continues its impressive run. The $12 million film based on the popular John Green novel nabbed an additional $6.4 million its second Friday in release, putting its total at $72.3 million.

Disney’s Maleficient is likely to take a tumble with so many young ones opting for Toothless the dragon in its opening weekend. But the reimagined Disney fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie earned an estimated $5.84 Friday, putting its gross at a solid $144.5 million.

Tom Cruise’s starring vehicle The Edge of Tomorrow is likely to suffer the worst in its second weekend. The film took in only $4.56 million on Friday, for a domestic total that now stands at $45 million.

Here’s the top 5:

1. 22 Jump Street — $25 million

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $18.5 million

3. The Fault in Our Stars — $6.4 million

4. Maleficient — $5.8 million

5. The Edge of Tomorrow — $4.56 million

Check back Sunday morning for a more comprehensive report.

Box office report: 'Maleficent' reigns with $70 million; 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' disappoints

Maleficent managed to enchant audiences and take flight opening weekend while Seth MacFarlane’s sophomore effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, stumbled out of the gates.

Disney’s gothic fantasy, a PG-rated re-imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty villain starring Angelina Jolie in the titular role, netted an estimated $70 million from 3,948 locations — $6.7 million of which was from the 347 IMAX screens. Boasting an A Cinema Score, the $180 million pic also brought in $100.6 million internationally from 47 territories (40 percent ahead of Oz: The Great and Powerful), bringing its global cume to a mighty $170.6 million. It opens in China on June 20 and in Japan on July 4.

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Box office update: 'Maleficent' casts a $24.2 million spell on Friday

Maleficent may be bitter that she wasn’t invited to Princess Aurora’s christening, but things aren’t so bad for the scorned fairy. Disney’s gothic fantasy brought in an impressive $24.2 million in its first day in theaters (including Thursday’s $4.2 million earnings) — similar to last year’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.

This puts the PG-rated Maleficent on track to surpass expectations and possibly reach $70 million by the time the weekend closes out. It’s playing in 3,948 locations, many of which are the higher-priced 3-D and IMAX screens.

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Critical Mass: Are the critics under Angelina Jolie's spell in 'Maleficent'?

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In nearly 80 years of delicious Disney animated villains threatening princesses, nobody’s ever been as truly frightening as Maleficent, the horn-headed sorceress who could transform into a dragon and cursed baby Aurora in 1959′s Sleeping Beauty. But much as Wicked did for the evil witch of The Wizard of Oz, Maleficent digs deeper into the backstory of the sharp-cheeked villainess, with Angelina Jolie bringing her to vivid life.

Of course, such revisionist fairy tales have become increasingly common. As EW’s Keith Staskiewicz notes in his review, “The first line of Maleficent [''Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it"] could be emblazoned on a sticker and slapped onto the back-bumper of Hollywood, an industry that has at this point become more interested in recycling than Ed Begley, Jr.”

But with a story credited to Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast) and directed by Avatar production designer Robert Stromberg, Maleficent creates a different beast altogether, all the while staying true to the Disney brand. Elle Fanning plays the princess who really shouldn’t spin thread before turning 16 — but it’s Jolie, of course, that you’re aching to see at the baby’s christening. I’m sure she has her reasons for cursing a child, but I just want to hear that maniacal, echoing laugh.

Read more from Staskiewicz’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Maleficent' stares down 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

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Angelina Jolie and her threatening cheekbones face off against Seth MacFarlane and his (somewhat equally threatening) comedy empire this weekend as Disney’s Maleficent debuts against Universal’s A Million Ways to Die in the West.

MacFarlane’s Ted might have been the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, but in this genre duel, much like his character in A Million Ways, MacFarlane will wither in the face of Disney’s scorned and vengeful fairy. That has nothing to do with the lifetime prospects of MacFarlane’s sophomore effort, of course. Comedies tend to open modestly — especially original ones. But we’re just talking opening weekends, and these two mismatched pics had the (mis?)fortune of choosing the same late-spring date.

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'Maleficent': Five new character posters released

Less than a month before Angelina Jolie casts her spell on us as Maleficent, Disney has released five magical new character posters. Along with stars Jolie and Elle Fanning, the posters showcase Sam Riley as Diaval (Maleficient’s right hand man), Sharlto Copley as Aurora’s father King Stefan, and Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville as the tale’s three fairies (along with some other fantastical-looking forest creatures).

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'Maleficent': Angelina Jolie fires up her dragon in new trailer -- VIDEO

In Disney’s animated Sleeping Beauty, the villainess transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon to do battle with the prince trying to rescue his slumbering love.

In the latest trailer, we get a first look at what this monster looks like in Maleficent, the live-action take on the folk tale that retells it from the perspective of the wicked fairy.

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Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent': 'I had wings ... once' -- VIDEO

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She’s not a witch. She’s not a queen. She’s not strictly a sorceress.

Those who know the background of the character Maleficent from 1959′s Sleeping Beauty know that the pale-skinned, black-horned villainess is actually a dark fairy. But the question has never been answered (or really asked): why doesn’t she have wings like the animated  Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the three bumbling good fairies who look after Princess Aurora in the Disney film?

It turns out, she does.

Or did.
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Angelina Jolie Q&A: Bringing malevolent 'Maleficent' to life, doing some good in the world -- and those '50 Shades' rumors

Beware the unloved.

If there is a lesson to be learned about the cruelest among us, it might be that one. Most villains, when you find them in real life, are born from pain, and pour it back on the world to keep from drowning in it. A few are heartless sociopaths who derive their power from persecution, and care about nothing else in the world but their own force of will.

And some are just mad they didn’t get a party invitation.

Consider Disney’s Maleficent in this latter category. Unhinged, and irrational. Or at least, she was.

For all her sophisticated grace and simmering seductiveness, for all the bombastic magic she wields at her razor fingertips, the thing that really grinds her horns, both in the Brothers Grimm folk tale and in 1959’s animated Sleeping Beauty, is not being welcome at the christening of the king’s newborn daughter, Princess Aurora. But she shows up anyway, pet crow in tow, mad enough to curse a baby. READ FULL STORY

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