Box-office update: Angelina Jolie, X-Men set new records, while God’s Not Dead passes Son of God in N America

The big news this week is that Maleficent, Disney’s revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty story, ruled the North American box office with $69.4 million.

That’s smaller than the openings for other recent Disney live-action fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million) and Oz the Great and Powerful ($79.1 million), but bigger than the opening for Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million), which was produced by Universal.

It’s also bigger than the opening for any previous Angelina Jolie movie. Her best opening until now had been $60.2 million for Kung Fu Panda, an animated film in which she voiced one of the supporting characters, while her top live-action opening had been $50.9 million for Wanted. (Both of those films came out in 2008.)

In other news, X-Men: Days of Future Past became the first film since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to gross over $160 million in ten days or less. It is also the first film in its franchise to gross over $300 million overseas and over $500 million worldwide — but in North America, it currently ranks fourth out of the seven films.

Turning to the “faith-based” market, the “big” news, such as it is, may be that God’s Not Dead has inched ahead of Son of God to become the top-grossing independently-produced “faith-based” film of the year in North America.

As of this weekend, God’s Not Dead has earned $59.8 million in North America, whereas the much more heavily promoted Son of God — which is still playing in 21 theatres — has earned $59.7 million. However, God’s Not Dead has earned only $1.5 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $61.2 million, whereas Son of God has earned $8.1 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $67.8 million.

In other news…

Heaven Is for Real, which was made by Sony, earned $775,000 in its seventh week, landing it in the #13 spot and raising its domestic total to almost exactly $88 million. It has earned another $2.7 million overseas for a worldwide total of $90.7 million.

Moms’ Night Out earned $300,000 in its fourth week, raising its domestic total to $9.6 million. It does not appear to have been released overseas at all.

And Noah earned $150,783 in its tenth week, raising its domestic total to $100.9 million. It has earned another $244.6 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $345.5 million. That number will get a boost when the film opens in Japan late next week.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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