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Why Maleficent is A Perfect Disney Franchise Starter

CB: Of the year's top box office draws, perhaps the most under-analyzed was Maleficent.

The Angelina Jolie-starring twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale took one of Disney's most evil and recognizable villains and transformed her into a more complex character...and while neither critics nor audiences could really decide whether that change was for the better or not, the combination of the star and the content drove butts to the seats, finishing sixth overall for the year with over $240 million in North America and more than doubling that in the foreign market for a worldwide take of over $757 million.

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