Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent becomes the highest grossing film sold on one star’s name!

It was only a few months ago that analysts had, foolishly it would seem, branded Disney’s live-action adventure ‘Maleficent’ as a flop, and that was even before it had been released in cinemas.

However, after a strong opening and consistent debut week and beyond, the stattos were left scratching their heads at the impressive $697 million it has made to date, from a $180 million budget. But what’s more impressive is that ‘Maleficent’ was, until Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’, the highest grossing non-superhero film of 2014, which was a heck of an achievement, considering it was predicted to flop upon its end of May release. Impressively, ‘Maleficent’ can now boast as being the highest-grossing film sold on a single movie star’s name. And what does that mean?

Well, it basically means films that were marketed with a single name on the poster and its advertising material. Angelina Jolie’s name solely features on the posters, which qualifies the film. It has proven to be a big hit across the globe and appears to have captured the imaginations of audiences in far greater numbers than anyone ever thought it would.

Top 5 Movies sold on a single star’s name:

1. Angelina Jolie – Maleficent – 697.2
2. Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol – 694.7
3. Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump – 677.4
4. Bruce Willis – The Sixth Sense – 672.8
5. Will Smith – Hancock – 624.4

Iron Man 3 Dominates Box Office Again!

Superhero film Iron Man 3 got off to a massive start this weekend with a box office haul of 175.3 million dollars and in the process had the second biggest film opening of all time in the US.

According to Disney, combined with international sales, the film brought its total earnings to 680.1million dollars, the New York Daily News reported.

The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire businessman Tony Stark, whose superhero alter-ego spars with an evil extremist.

Avengers holds the opening record with 207.4 million dollars over its first three days.

Previous two installments of Iron Man earned a total of 1.2 billion dollars across the world, the Box Office Mojo website reported.

Last week’s winner, dark action comedy Pain and Gain, dropped to second place with 7.6 million dollars whereas baseball drama 42 took number three place with 6.2 million dollars.

Rounding out the top five was Tom Cruise’s post-apocalyptic thriller Oblivion that has earned 5.79 million dollars, and the animated film The Croods grossed 4.2 million dollars.

Top ten movies this weekend

1. Iron Man 3: 175 million dollar

2. Pain and Gain: 7.6 million dollar

3. 42: 6.2 million dollar

4. Oblivion: 5.8 million dollar

5. The Croods: 4.2 million dollar

6. The Big Wedding: 3.9 million dollar

7. Mud: 2.2 million dollar

8. Oz the Great and Powerful: 1.8 million dollar

9. Scary Movie 5: 1.4 million dollar

10. The Place Beyond the Pines: 1.3 million dollars

Iron Man 3 rules World Box Office!

Iron Man 3 has blasted to the top of the worldwide box office on its debut weekend, overtaking Avengers Assemble.

The third installment of the Marvel superhero franchise, starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow, launched globally with a 195.3 million US dollars in 42 countries ahead of its American opening on May 3, said distributor Disney.

That has topped the 185.1 million US dollars start for Avengers Assemble, and broke a number of records overseas, scoring the biggest opening weekend ever in Asia Pacific and Latin America, and individual countries including the UK, Argentina, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, said: “You don’t know that you could ever repeat the kind of experience we had a year ago, and here the Marvel team brought together another incredible movie. We’ve had this as a pattern for Marvel films to kind of let momentum internationally help signal to the domestic audience that the film is coming, something big is coming.”

Michael Bay’s true-crime tale Pain And Gain muscled its way into first place in the US with a 20 million US dollar debut.

The Paramount release starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie knocked off Tom Cruise’s sci-fi adventure Oblivion after a week in the number one spot.

Sports drama 42 with Harrison Ford took third spot, while The Big Wedding, which features a star-studded ensemble cast including Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon, was in fourth place, followed by The Croods in the fifth spot.