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'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker'

This image released by Disney shows Elle Fanning as Aurora in a scene from "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil." (Jaap Buitendijk/Disney via AP)

LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Co.’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” has knocked “Joker” out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely.

Studios on Sunday estimate that the film starring Angelina Jolie grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theatres. The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70 million domestically in 2014.

Warner Bros.’ “Joker” landed in second place in its third weekend with $29.2 million. The villain origin story has grossed over $247 million domestically.

Third place went to another sequel, Columbia Pictures’ “Zombieland: Double Tap” with $26.7 million. The R-rated comedy comes 10 years after the original.

And in limited release, Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit” opened in five theatres with a strong $350,000.

Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press