'Maleficent' crosses $500 million at the box office and becomes Angelina Jolie's highest-grossing film

By Benjamin Mazzara,

Maleficent, Disney's reimagining of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie, has just passed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, becoming Jolie’s highest grossing live-action film of all time (not accounting for inflation).

Jolie's previous highest grossing film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring her partner Brad Pitt, which made $478.2 million at the box office back in 2005.

Maleficient was Jolie’s passion project and has had tremendous staying power at the box office. According to The Escapist, Maleficent stayed in the top five films even into its fourth week, grossing over $13 million.

Eventually the film made a domestic total of $186 million. In international markets, the film raked in $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 in total.

By passing the $500 million mark, the film has also outgrossed Oz: The Great and Powerful, Disney’s other live-action prequel/re-imagining of a longstanding fantasy property.

You can read Celebrity Café’s review of Jolie’s film here.

Image courtesy of Famous/ACE/INFphoto.com

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