Long-range tracking figures are in for the Angelina Jolie-led “Maleficent” sequel and the film looks to be one of the few Disney tentpoles that might actively disappoint.
The early forecast from Box-Office Pro has the film headed for a domestic opening of $30-50 million, with $37 million being their prediction – a far cry from the $69 million debut of its predecessor. The site also has “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” opening the same weekend and headed for a $30 million opening.
The first “Maleficent” had legs, turning its $69 million debut into a $241 million domestic and $758 million worldwide haul despite very mixed reviews.
Whilst Disney’s forays into live-action have been mostly successful, only one of those attempts has had a direct sequel with “Alice Through the Looking Glass” which plummeted from the $1 billion haul of its predecessor to a fairly disastrous global haul of under $300 million worldwide.
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” opens in cinemas everywhere on October 18th.