‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Defeats ‘Joker’ with $12.5 Million on Friday

Collider | 10/19/2019 | Allie Gemmill
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It actually happened: Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has managed to end Joker‘s hot streak at the box office. The sequel to 2014’s Maleficent sees stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning returning to their roles as Maleficent and Aurora, respectively, with Michelle Pfeiffer stepping in to play a queen who opposes Maleficent’s relationship with Aurora.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opened in 3,790 domestic theaters this week. In its first two days, the sequel made $12.5 million in the U.S., with that total reflecting Thursday previews where it earned $2.3 million. The Jolie-led flick averaged a solid and admirable $3,298 per theater, too, further indicating this movie is a success right out of the gate. It looks predictions of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil‘s success over Joker at the box office are already coming true, but the Disney sequel still has a long road ahead if it’s going to come anywhere close to those $45 million-in-its-opening-weekend predictions.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil wasn’t the only sequel hitting theaters on Friday. Zombieland: Double Tap debuted approximately 10 years after the first chapter hit theaters in 2009. The flick features Zombieland leads Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin reprising their roles as survivors of a zombie apocalypse who’ve banded together and are trying to start anew. Double Tap also introduces new survivors into the mix, including Zoey Deutch and Rosario Dawson.

Based on the numbers, audiences had as much of a hankering for zombie-filled action as they did for a Disney villain dominating with style at Friday’s box office. Zombieland: Double Tap earned $10.5 million domestic on Friday, with that number also reflecting the $2.85 million it brought in during Thursday previews. The horror comedy opened...
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