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'Maleficent' has wickedly good $70-million debut; 'West' goes south
'Maleficent' has wickedly good $70-million debut; 'West' goes south

There was no defeating the mistress of all evil this weekend. Disney’s  summer tent-pole “Maleficent,” the live-action film based on the fairy-tale villain from “Sleeping Beauty,” took in a bigger-than-expected $70 million in ticket sales over the weekend in North America, according to an estimate from distributor Disney. It’s a solid debut for the $180 million 3-D film, which is directed by Robert Stromberg and stars Angelina Jolie in her return to the big screen as the titular character, and exceeded projections. The fast start may put "Maleficent," which pivots its lens on the wicked villain of the Disney classic to explain her...

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