“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” Claims No. 1 Over “Joker”

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil may revolve around a villain– but it was “good” enough to earn the number one spot at the box office during its opening weekend.

The film edged by Warner Bros. Joker, pulling in an estimated $36M in North America and $117M internationally.

“It’s not as strong as we hoped domestically, but it’s a good start for October and we have a great window leading into Halloween. Most encouraging is the fact that audiences seem to be responding very positively.”

– Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of theatrical distribution via the Associated Press

To put it in perspective, the first Maleficent film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70 million domestically in 2014.

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