Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to the 2014 film with starring Angelina Jolie as the iconic Disney villain, had a bleak opening weekend and drew only $ 36 million in North America. Although the film was # 1 at the domestic checkout, the shortage of projections was skewed, calling into question the ultimate success of the film. With a budget of $ 185 million and a substantial marketing price tag, that’s not the kind of question that Disney wants to ask.
Maleficent itself is not much for looking at the positive side of things, but Mistress of Evil did considerably better abroad, with an international gross of $ 117 million. That news undoubtedly dampened the blow of his somewhat bloodless opening weekend to the state, but the hefty budget and marketing costs of the film mean that it must reach at least $ 475 million worldwide to play break-even. That is almost the full international gross of the original from 2014, which had considerably more crowds and almost double the opening weekend.
The lukewarm reception of the film can be attributed to a few things. For example, it is a sequel to a movie that was released five years ago. Although the original was a big hit, it did not stay exactly in the spirit of the times. (When did you last hear someone call you?) pernicious?) Also, while the first was not a critical favorite, ratings are much cooler for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, currently 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not helping is a strong competition from a surprisingly busy October with The Addams family probably sharing a part of Maleficent & # 39; s audience, and a constantly dominating show from Joker the film that would not go away.
If Maleficent: Mistress of Evil fails to get a half-billion dollar price tag back, it will join Dumbo as virtually the only films released by Disney in 2019 that have not set a record at a cash register, which would be impressive if Disney didn’t have almost every corner of entertainment.