Box Office: 'Maleficent' Fends Off World Cup Competition in Latin America

11:24 AM PST 06/25/2014 by John Hecht
Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent"

The Angelina Jolie film currently ranks fifth of all time among Disney releases in the region.

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.

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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.

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