The Angelina Jolie vehicle crossed the $500 million mark globally after adding $44.7 million to it haul from 54 foreign territories. Its foreign grosses were robust in large part because it opened in China, the world’s second largest film market, to $20.3 million.
With Japan still to open on July 4, “Maleficent” now ranks as Jolie’s highest grossing live-action movie of all-time.
The fantasy adventure was followed closely behind by “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which racked up $43.5 million from 53 foreign territories, driving its global total to $172.4 million. The DreamWorks Animation release was also the highest grossing film on a worldwide basis, racking up $68.8 million from the foreign and domestic box office.
The film managed to thrive despite intense interest in the World Cup. In soccer-obsessed Brazil, the picture debuted to $6.8 million, the second biggest opening of all time for an animated film. The film has yet to debut in many prime European markets — a concession to the global appeal of the soccer contest.
Rounding out the top five films on foreign charts were “Edge of Tomorrow” with $21.5 million from 65 foreign markets, “The Fault in Our Stars” with $20 million from 45 territories and “Godzilla” with $15 million from 57 overseas territories.