Box Office Milestone: 'Maleficent' Crosses $500M, Angelina Jolie's Career Best
The Disney fairy tale becomes the actress' No. 1 live-action film; it also passes up the studio's "Oz the Great and Powerful."
Talk about a fairy-tale ending.
Over the weekend, Maleficent raced past the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office to become Angelina Jolie's highest-grossing live-action film of all time, not accounting for inflation. Her previous best was Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which took in $478.2 million in 2005.
Maleficent, a passion project for Jolie, has enjoyed impressive staying power. In North America, the Disney title stayed in the top five in its fourth weekend, grossing $13 million for a domestic total of $186 million.
Overseas, the female-fueled movie took in another $44.7 million from 54 markets, including a $20.3 million debut in China. Maleficent has earned $335.6 million internationally and $521.6 million worldwide.
Also over the weekend, Maleficent passed up Disney's live-action fairy tale Oz the Great and Powerful, which grossed $493.3 million worldwide.
Maleficent's top international markets are Mexico ($40.4 million), Russia ($34.8 million), the U.K. ($25.7 million) and Brazil $24.2 million. The movie has yet to open in Japan (July 4).