Hollywood loves a good fairy tale, and it's easy to see why: The stories are time-tested and widely known, they're in the public domain, and the fantastical elements provide fodder for the eye-popping visuals that drive tent-pole movies these days.
When such movies connect with audiences, they can rake in huge returns, but there's no guarantee of a happy ending. So how does
Pretty well, it seems. Looking at the past five years, "Maleficent" is already outpacing most of its smaller-scale brethren and the occasional big-budget flop, though it seems fated to fall short of the high bar set by "Alice in Wonderland." Here's a closer look.
"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" (2013): Written and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola (
"Red Riding Hood" opened to a soft $14 million and finished with about $37 million domestically; it cost about $42 million to make. The film also received dreadful reviews and earned a so-so B-minus Cinemascore.