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Sunday 1 March 2015

Jolie's Maleficent has cinema magic

Angelina Jolie plays evil fairy Maleficent in Disney's film
Angelina Jolie plays evil fairy Maleficent in Disney's film

Angelina Jolie has conjured up her most successful film to date as Maleficent crossed the 500 million US dollars mark at box offices worldwide.

Disney's twisted retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, which stars the actress as the evil fairy Maleficent, has taken over 521.6 million US dollars (£306.6 million) around the world, with box office takings of 186 million US dollars (£109.3 million) in America.

This makes it the biggest live-action film of Angelina's career, surpassing Mr And Mrs Smith, which took in 478.2 million US dollars (£281.1 million) in 2005.

Maleficent also raced past Disney's live-action fairytale Oz: The Great And Powerful, which has grossed 493.3 million US dollars (£289.9 million) worldwide.

In the UK, Maleficent - which also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley and Sam Riley - has made around 25.7 million US dollars (£15.1 million). Its other top markets include the US, Mexico, Russia and Brazil, and it is expected to be a hit when it is released in Japan on July 4.

While Maleficent has enjoyed big-screen success, it dropped to third place in the UK box office ranking, with tear-jerking drama The Fault In Our Stars shining in top spot. The big-screen adaptation of John Green's novel stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as cancer sufferers who fall in love.

22 Jump Street took second place, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Belle rounding up the top five.

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