Jolie's "Maleficent," which opened Friday, took in $21.9 million in its first three days in theaters, figures from film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway showed Tuesday. The actress came to Shanghai this month to tout the Disney release, but it was not enough to overpower Warner Bros.' "Godzilla."
Total box office for the year in mainland China has now crossed the $2-billion mark. Foreign films occupied all of the top five spots at the box office last week.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past," eked out $3 million more last week, good enough for fourth place as it finishes its mainland run; the 20thCentury Fox film has earned more than $116 million in the territory.
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A Beijing premiere and news conference was also held this week as the studio worked to overcome a potentially damaging dispute with a local company angered by what it said was a product-placement deal gone sour.