Magazine article Screen International

Maleficent Storms to $101M Int'l

Magazine article Screen International

Maleficent Storms to $101M Int'l

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Disney's Maleficent scored an estimated $100.6m international debut in 47 territories to beat Fox's X-Men: Days Of Future Past as the studio crossed $2bn worldwide.

Combined with the $70.6m number one North American launch, the fantasy romp delivered a career-best domestic, international and global debut for Angelina Jolie.

Maleficent produced Disney's biggest live-action opening weekend in Latin America behind Marvel releases and led the way in Mexico on $13.4m and Brazil on $5.4m.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) executives reported that the film opened at number one virtually everywhere and brought in $11.5m in Russia, $11m in the UK and $6.4m in Italy.

Elsewhere, Maleficent opened on $5.2m in Germany, $4.9m in France, $4m in the Philippines, $3.9m in both Australia and Spain and $3.8m in South Korea. There were number one debuts too in the Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine, Poland, Austria and Finland. WDSMPI did not provide numbers for these markets.

Results across Europe drove the third biggest launch in the region for the year-to-date behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

IMAX venues accounted to approximately $9m of the worldwide total and $2.3m of international from 89 screens. Russia, France and the Middle East were standouts on $31,000, $30,000 and $50,000 per-screen averages. Maleficent is scheduled to arrive in China on June 20 followed by Japan on July 4.

Disney's company-wide worldwide running total stands at $2.055bn, of which $1.419m comes from international markets and the $636m balance from North America.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier stands at $454m and $709.2m worldwide. Frozen added a further $5.8m to reach $832m and $1.23bn worldwide.

Fox International executives reported that X-Men: Days Of Future Past brought in an estimated $95.6m from 74 markets to climb to $338.1m after only two sessions.

China was top of the class with a $21.8m number one hold following a 43% slip that propelled the running total to $79.1m.

Days Of Future Past also retained its number one status in France and South Korea on $8.4m for $20.6m and $7.5m for $24.2m, respectively. The South Korean performance has resulted in Fox's third biggest release in the territory behind Avatar and Titanic.

The film grossed $5.8m for $32.9m in the UK and fell to number two behind Maleficent. …

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