‘Maleficent,’ ‘Dragon 2’ Score at Foreign Box Office Despite World Cup

Maleficent” continued to enchant foreign moviegoers, as the Walt Disney Studios release captured first place at the international box office this weekend.

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, “Maleficentnow 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.

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