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Disney's Maleficent conquers the global box office

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I blogged last week that Maleficent had bewitched British audiences with an impressive opening day take of $2.5m. And it seems global audiences were also susceptible to the darkly Gothic charms of the Angelina Jolie-led reworking of Sleeping Beauty.

The film opened to a stunning $70.6m in the USA – a truly impressive sum for Jolie considering she hasn't appeared on-screen for nearly four years (her last appearance was in 2010 Johnny Depp caper The Tourist). Add to that a hefty $110.6m from global markets and it seems that Disney truly had the magic touch this past weekend.

The film's success also left rival A Million Ways to Die in the West rolling along like a tumbleweed in its wake – Seth MacFarlane's latest opened to $17.1m, although given that its budget is a fraction of what Maleficent cost, the film will more than likely make its money back.

Did you watch Maleficent this weekend? If so, why do you think it's done gangbusters at the box office?

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