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Box office: 'Maleficent' casts a spell on Friday audiences

Box office: 'Maleficent' casts a spell on Friday audiences

Angelina Jolie's first live-action role in four years looks to be a lucrative one thus far as "Maleficent" surged to the top of a crowded summer field with an estimated $24 million in ticket sales on Friday.

The Disney spinoff from "Sleeping Beauty" that looks to turn that film's villain into a big-screen star is expected to bring in $60 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. "Maleficent" is Jolie's biggest onscreen appearance since "The Tourist" premiered in 2010.

The previous weekend's box-office champ, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," was left behind in...