‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Delivers an Underwhelming Debut

While it wasn’t a horrible weekend at the box office, it wasn’t a huge one for the duo of debuts that arrived.

Was it a case of poor reviews or was it a plain ole lack of interest that sunk Maleficent: Mistress of Evil?  Either way, the numbers weren’t good at the box office for this Disney sequel. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil could only muster up an estimated $37.7 million at the box office this weekend, a far cry from the 2014 original’s $69 million debut. It’s highly unlikely that this film will even manage to cross the $100 million mark.

The weekend’s other new release, Zombieland 2: Double Tap debut in third place with an estimated $26.5 million. While that’s not a big number, the film’s budget was only $40 million so it’s going to wind up being profitable pretty quickly.

As for the rest of the top five, Joker dropped to second place with $28.3 million, bringing its total to $246 in North America. The film is going to have no trouble hitting the $300 million mark before it ends its run. The Addams Family was in fourth place with $14.2 million, while Gemini Man closed things out in fifth place with $7.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – $54 million
2) Joker – $28 million
3) Zombieland: Double Tap – $26 million
4) The Addams Family – $18 million
5) Gemini Man – $9 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – $37.7 million
2) Joker – $28.3 million
3) Zombieland: Double Tap – $26.5 million
4) The Addams Family – $14.2 million
5) Gemini Man – $7.8 million

Next weekend sees the release of Black and Blue and Countdown. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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