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'Maleficent' Sequel Opens Below Box Office Expectations, 'Zombieland 2' Off to Strong Start

Angelina Jolie‘s new movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is now in theaters and the film opened at number one, though below box office expectations.

The movie earned $36 million in North America during its first weekend, which is just half of what the first Maleficent movie made in its opening. Box office experts had previously predicted that the movie would open with about $45 million for the first weekend.

Coming in second place this weekend was Joker in its third weekend with an additional $29.2 million for a total of $247 million so far.

Zombieland: Double Tap opened with a strong $26.725 million for its first weekend for a third place finish, which is just about on par with the first film’s opening.

Opening in limited release this weekend were Robert Pattinson‘s The Lighthouse and Taika Waititi‘s Jojo Rabbit, which both had strong openings.

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'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Opening Weekend Box Office Numbers Revealed!

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is on top at the box office!

The Maleficent follow-up, which co-stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer, brought in about $38 million in its opening weekend, according to THR on Sunday (October 19).

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Although the movie was expected to have a larger debut, it’s still the top film at the box office for the weekend. The original film debuted at $69.4 million, and eventually brought in $758 million globally.

Joker brought in $28 million in its third weekend, while Zombieland 2: Double Tap opened to approximately $26 million, ahead of the 2009 film.

Hustlers also pushed past the $100 million mark as of this weekend.

READ MORE: Is There a ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ End Credits Scene?

Is There a 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' End Credits Scene?

Angelina Jolie is back on the big screen in her new movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and you might want to know if you should stick around for a post-credits scene if you check out the movie in theaters.

Lots of movies that are part of franchises include additional footage at the end of the credits to tease potential sequels.

We can confirm that there is no end credits scene for the Maleficent sequel, so feel free to leave at the end of the movie without worrying about missing anything.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil also stars Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' Sequel Is On Track to Top 'Joker' at the Box Office

Angelina Jolie‘s new movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is hitting theaters this weekend and experts predict that it will top the box office!

The movie is on track to open with about $45 million for its first weekend, according to Variety.

The first Maleficent earned $69 million in its opening weekend back in 2014 and it went on to gross $750 worldwide.

Competing for second place will be Joker in its third weekend and the new movie Zombieland: Double Tap, which are both on track to make somewhere between $20 million and $30 million.

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Angelina Jolie & Michelle Pfeiffer Join 'Maleficent' Cast for Global Press Conference

Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer sit on a panel for the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil press conference on Monday (September 30) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were joined at the event by their co-stars Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Ed Skrein, as well as director Joachim Ronning.

The stars of the Maleficent sequel are hard at work promoting the upcoming Disney film, which hits theaters on October 18.

Have you seen the latest trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil? Make sure to check it out now!

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Elle Fanning Gives Fans at Disneyland a Sneak Peek of 'Maleficent' Sequel

Elle Fanning wears a Maleficent headpiece while attending a special screening of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Sunday night (September 29) at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif.

The 21-year-old actress, who plays Princess Aurora in the film, surprised the lucky fans in attendance at the early screening.

Elle also posed for photos outside of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. She captioned a pic on Instagram, “This is where I sleep.”

Make sure to see the new movie when it hits theaters on October 18.

FYI: Elle is wearing a Louiza Babouryan dress.

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Angelina Jolie Says Maleficent Is Her 'Alter Ego' In New Maleficent 2 Featurette

Angelina Jolie is opening up in a brand new featurette for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil about playing the iconic character once again.

“Maleficent is a character who people used to think of as one thing and now we know more of who she is,” Angelina shared in the special look video.

She adds, “I love Maleficent. She’s like my alter ego.”

Watch the full featurette below with more insight and scenes with Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, Sam Riley and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hits theaters nationwide October 18th.

You can also see a full gallery of new images from the film!

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