Box Office: ‘Cinderella’ Debut Falls Short of ‘Maleficent’ After Final Numbers Come In

Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” enjoyed one of the biggest debuts of the year last weekend, but its opening numbers were smaller than initial estimates suggested.

The live-action remake of the animated classic made $67.9 million in the United States, lower than the $70 million that the studio projected the film would earn after the ticket sales were tallied.

The lower figure also means that “Cinderella” will fall short of “Maleficent’s” $69.4 million debut, although with a budget of $95 million, “Cinderella” cost half as much as the “Sleeping Beauty” spinoff.

The film picked up $23 million on Friday, $27.1 million on Saturday and $17.8 million on Sunday, Disney reported.

Internationally, “Cinderella” was very much the belle of the ball, picking up an estimated $62.4 million, including a huge $25 million bow in China, where it is the highest March opening in history. It had a large overseas rollout, debuting in roughly half of the foreign territories where it will screen, including major markets like Italy and Russia.

“Cinderella” stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James and was directed by Kenneth Branagh. It follows in the footsteps of other Disney films such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Maleficent” in adapting animated films as live-action productions, something Disney plans to do with “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book” and “Dumbo.”

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