One Jump ahead of the competition, Disney’s live-action Aladdin topped the box office this Memorial Day weekend, earning more than $207 million worldwide since its debut.
Monday Night Update: Aladdin has now earned $113 million domestic and $121 million internationally for a global total of $234 million. Not a bad 4-Day weekend.
The film appears to be the weekend’s diamond in the rough. Original R-rated film releases Booksmart and Brightburn didn’t feel the same magic – they failed to pass the $10 million mark.
Aladdin grossed an estimated $86.1 million, swooping in on its magic carpet to take the top spot, at the North American box office. The remake of the 1992 animated classic did better than its expected $90 million pre-release tracking. By Monday, the film is expected to surpass the $100 million mark.
Disney’s president of theatrical distribution, Cathleen Taff, stated that the Company was “delighted” with the film’s success thus far: “Between the fun action-adventure and spectacular music combined with the cast, which is so charming and has such great chemistry together, we’ve hit something that fans are embracing and walking out of wanting to share with others.”
This weekend’s Aladdin audiences consisted of 54 percent women and 51 percent families. They gave the film an “A” CinemaScore, while over 7,000 people voted on Rotten Tomatoes, giving it an impressive 93%.
There’s clearly a whole new world of box-office opportunity at the international level too. With an international gross of $121 million, the film has already earned over $207 million globally. After reportedly costing $183 million to produce, Guy Ritchie managed to summon his own genie by the looks of these results.
Check out our review of the film here, and let us know what you think! Prince Ali, fabulous he, or not so much?