Box Office: 'Maleficent' Fends Off World Cup Competition in Latin America
MEXICO CITY – Disney's Maleficent is working its magic on Latin American audiences despite a World Cup-related box-office slowdown.
After one month in theaters, the dark fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie has surpassed the $100 million mark in Latin America, and it currently ranks fifth of all time among Disney releases in the region, behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Toy Story 3 and Monsters University.
Here in Mexico alone, Maleficent has raked in north of $40 million, making it one of the highest grossing films ever.
The film's strong performance is all the more impressive considering that it's competing for audiences against World Cup soccer matches, which are drawing record ratings in futbol-mad Latin America. Mexico, the region's top moviegoing market, saw attendance figures drop by more than 5 million in mid June when the World Cup kicked off.
Curiously, Maleficent has enjoyed solid sales in World Cup host country Brazil, where it has pulled in more than 4 million spectators. The film also has performed well at the box office in other Latin American nations with large soccer fan bases, such as Argentina and Colombia.