Magazine article Screen International

'Maleficent 2' Eyes 'Joker' Crown at International, Global Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

'Maleficent 2' Eyes 'Joker' Crown at International, Global Box Office

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Warner Bros smash faces stiffest challenge yet from Disney fantasy sequel.

Can the mistress of evil usurp the malign genius of Joker at the global and international box office this weekend? Disney’s fantasy sequel certainly has the weapons given that the 2014 original earned $517m by the end of its run.

Joker retained its crown in style last weekend on a magnificent $125.3m via Warner Bros Pictures International and stands at $409m internationally, and $623m worldwide. Insiders forecast the origins story to finish on around $800m worldwide, which suggests it will start to slow down this session.

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil launched via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand on Wednesday and is shaping up for a big session. …

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