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'Maleficent' sequel scares up a box-office lead in N.America

21 October 2019, MVT 15:02
(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 7, 2019 A dressed up fan waits for the arrival of talents for the European premiere of Disney's dark fantasy adventure film "Maleficent : Mistress of Evil" in Rome. - Disney's new "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" topped the North American box office for the weekend with an estimated take of USD 36 million despite falling far below the original 2014 film, an industry group reported on October 20, 2019. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
21 October 2019, MVT 15:02

Disney's new "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" topped the North American box office for the weekend with an estimated take of $36 million despite falling far below the original 2014 film, an industry group reported Sunday.

The original "Maleficent," also starring Angelina Jolie, took in $69.4 million in its debut weekend, going on to earn $758 million globally. Both films follow the evil sorceress of "Sleeping Beauty" fame; Michelle Pfeiffer plays a scheming Queen Ingrith in the latest movie.

Slipping to second in its third week out was "Joker" from Warner Bros., at $29.2 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period, Exhibitor Relations said. It stars Joaquin Phoenix in a backstory about the rise of Batman's maniacal nemesis.

In third place was new Sony release "Zombieland: Double Tap," at $26.7 million. With a star-laden cast including Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Luke Wilson and Rosario Dawson, the zombie comedy is expected to remain strong through the month-end Halloween holiday.

In fourth was another Halloween-friendly film, United Artists' "The Addams Family," at $16.1 million. The computer-animated movie, which follows the spooky Addams family and some creepy relatives, features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg and Bette Midler. A live-action version in 1991 grossed $113.5 million in the US.

And in fifth was Paramount's "Gemini Man," starring Will Smith as a retired hitman who must face off against a younger clone of himself. It took in $8.5 million.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

"Abominable" ($3.5 million

"Downton Abbey" ($3.1 million)

"Judy" ($2.1 million)

"Hustlers" ($2.1 million)

"IT: Chapter Two" ($1.5 million)

Los Angeles, United States | AFP

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