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Sleepy Beauty Redux

Disney's Sleeping Beauty is turned on its head when the villain (Maleficent, a medieval demonic-looking winged creature-woman) is not so demonic or evil after all (she is, however, often sarcastic), and the tale is more about old-fashioned Hollywood heartbreak and greed wrecking things for people who should have known better, basically a king who has a beloved daughter who ends up at the mercy of his enemies (or at least, his presumed enemies) and his own hyper-paranoia (which is deserved. He's been two-faced with his childhood friend Maleficent and fears the consequences.)

Angelina Jolie is in the center of the movie special effects which transform her already angular looks into an art direction wonderland of medieval design and takes the best advantage of her frequently flat expressions (which fits the deadpan delivery of the black humor). Combined with classic Disney storybook visuals, all darkened a bit to fit the fashion of the times (and with a sidelong influence from Lord of the Rings) the movie goes a bit beyond the usual Disney offering.

A sequel is planned for release in may 2017.


189 days in theaters, Maleficent ends with a worldwide take of $758 million

Dec 2014: American market earnings $241,410,378. Foreign market earnings: $517,129,407. Total worldwide haul $758,539,785

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Brief Review

With Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty is re-imaged as a tale in which the vicious witch (Angelina Jolie) who victimizes the traditional Disney Princess (Elle Fanning) is a victim herself.

This is hardly a completely original twist, but the way Disney has taken up the task (writers Linda Woolverton & Charles Perrault ) is to show instead a tragic series of decisions based on revenge and greed harming everyone involved and sending all onwards towards disaster. In the end, they are rescued by as indomitable a maternal instinct not seen since Cameron's Aliens. Though the three faery godmothers are on onhand, they are quite goofy (and incompetent) in this telling.

Jolie brings a black humor to the proceedings that helps to keep the maudlin moments smaller than they would have been and the action sequences long. First-rate CGI & story editing keeps the tale moving along towards a grim (for Disney) but fascinating ending.

Maleficent at $757 million worldwide


Oct 2, 2014: Nearing the end of its theater run, Maleficent has gathered up $756,708,802 in worldwide boxoffice: $240,366,802 in domestic earnings and $516,342,000 in foreign markets.

These domestic numbers puts it into the top ten for the whole year of 2014. Maleficent is also the biggest earner of Angelina Jolie's career, thus far.


Numbers sources: Boxofficemojo, Deadline Hollywood

Interview at Daily Mail UK on Maleficent

"'At a certain point, the question of the story is what could possibly bring her back?' she continued.

The mom-of-six went on to explain that while it is 'an extreme Disney, fun version of it', at its core, the film is about 'abuse, and how the abused then have a choice of abusing others or overcoming and remaining loving, open people'.

She added of the 'beautifully written' storyline: 'The question was asked: "What could make a woman become so dark and lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood and her softness?" Something would have to be so violent and aggressive.'

Woolverton previously explained during a separate interview that the movie was 'a reinvention, not just a retelling' of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairytale, which explains this new, unexplored backstory that has been delved into."

Daily Mail UK interview

Maleficent - Directed by Robert Stromberg


Written by Linda Woolverton, Charles Perrault

Derived from the story "La Belle au bois dormant" ("The Beauty sleeping in the Wood") by Charles Perrault, first published in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697.

Also based upon "Little Briar Rose" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm, 1812.

Writing credit also given to Erdman Penner for adapting the 1959 "Sleeping Beauty" screenplay by:

    1. Joe Rinaldi
    2. Winston Hibler
    3. Bill Peet
    4. Ted Sears
    5. Ralph Wright
    6. Milt Banta


Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley


Maleficent at $672 million

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July 20, 2014: Crossing the $700 million mark is now a certainty: Maleficent at $697,167,000 million.

This number also means Maleficent is the largest grossing film of Angelina Jolie's career:

    1. Maleficent (2014) $670.7 million - Disney
    2. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) $665.7 million - Paramount/Dreamworks
    3. Kung Fu Panda (2008) $631.7 million - Paramount/Dreamworks
    4. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) Fox $478.2 million
    5. Shark Tale (2004) $367.3 million - Dreamworks
    6. Wanted (2008) $341.4 million - Universal
    7. Salt (2010) $293.5 million - Sony Pictures
    8. The Tourist (2010) $278.3 million - Sony Pictures
    9. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) $274.7 - Paramount
    10. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) $237.2 - Touchstone

July 18, 2014: Jolie's Disney faery tale opus now at Worldwide: $672,065,235 million.

July 16, 2014: After 47 days in release, the Angelina Jolie starring Disney reboot of Sleeping Beauty has trundled together a worldwide $670,698,480 million dollar gross.


Maleficent crosses $670+ million

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July 17, 2014: Maleficent at worldwide $670,698,480 million dollar gross.

Maleficent after 24 days world wide cume $521.5 million

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June 23, 2014: Maleficent toals for 24 days of release put it at domestic $185,980 million, with foreign earnings of $335, 600,000 million. Grand total $521.5 million.

Maleficent at $435,921,529 Worldwide

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Update June 16, 2014: Jolie hangs onto the top three USA theater and has now built up $435,921,529 worldwide. More Maleficent.

Maleficent at $335.4 million Worldwide

June 9, 2014: Disney's Maleficent has been on screens for 10 days and now has grossed $127.3 in domestic earnings, and $208.1 in foreign, for a worldwide cume of $335.4 million. These numbers make Maleficent the #7 highest grossing film in Angelina Jolie's career, thus far.

Maleficent at $230,347,851 Worldwide

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June 4, 2014: The 6-day total for Disney's Maleficent at $230,347,851 for worldwide gross. This doesn't break any records but it does show Jolie's fantasy film which retells the story of Sleeping Beauty is doing steady, strong business and may have long legs into the summer.

June 1, 2014 - Maleficent at $170 Million worldwide so far

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June 1, 2014: Disney's redo of the Sleeping Beauty faery tale is making excellent money, and by Monday morning Disney could have numbers outdistancing the most optimistic numbers predicted by industry experts last week.

May 31, 2014: The wingless-faery creature caught up in a revenge plot is number one at the box office across America, with an estimated $24 million dollar gross on Friday night in domestic earnings. The general estimate on industry web sites puts the Angelina Jolie fantasy film somewhere around $70 million domestic by Monday morning, and with worldwide numbers added, the Disney film should have a total first weekend haul somewhere over $100 million for the weekend. Source: Boxofficemojo & Deadline Hollywood . More Maleficent

May 31, 2014: Maleficent at $44.3 Million worldwide so far

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