Yesterday, Disney's Cinderella crossed the $500M threshold at the global box office. Since its stellar $67.8M domestic debut March 13, Cinderella has taken in nearly $195M. That makes it the third highest grossing film of the year, thus far. Its international gross to date is more than $308M.

Cinderella most recently opened at #1 in its final international market, Japan, on April 25 with the biggest opening day and weekend of the year for a Western release. And it remained the #1 Western release in its second weekend. The film enjoyed a phenomenal performance in China with $71.1M, where it opened with $25M for the biggest March debut of all time. Other top markets include the U.K. ($29.2M), Japan, ($21.6M), Italy and Australia ($16.5M each), Brazil ($15.5M), and Mexico ($15.4M).

Directed by Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh and starring two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, and Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham CarterCinderella is produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur, and David Barron with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz. The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella's father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope.

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Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella's life forever.

Cinemark Movie Club
B. Alan Orange