Disney's 1992 animated classic Aladdin gave movie-goers reason to remain in their seats through the end credits, with the voice of Robin Williams' Genie memorably proclaiming, "You have been a fabulous audience! Tell you what, you're the best audience in the whole world! Take care of yourselves! Goodnight, Alice! Goodnight, Agrabah!" So, what about director Guy Ritchie's live-action adaptation? Does it have something extra after the credits?
The blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe is single-handedly responsible for the current popularity of the post-credits scene, with filmmakers employing the decades-old technique to inject some levity and to tease what comes next. But while Disney's live-action remakes don't exist within a shared universe, some have included such stingers.
For example, near the end of the credits for director Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, Helena Bonham Carter's Fairy Godmother finishes singing "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," and then asks, "Where did everyone go?" And during the end credits of director Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, the actual "Jungle Book" opens to reveal CG-animated scenes and the cast as Christopher Walken's King Louie sings "I Want to Be Like You." Then there's director James Bobin's Alice Through the Looking Glass, whose beautifully animated credits end with Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter saying, "Time to go."
So, yes, what about Aladdin? It doesn't have a post-credits scene, nor any Easter eggs or winks to Disney fans. There's nothing to set up a potential sequel, should the global box office give the studio reason to expand the franchise. Hey, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland spawned a follow-up, and the blockbuster Maleficent birthed Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Heck, the mother of all Disney live-action remakes, 1996's 101 Dalmatians, led to 102 Dalmatians.
And 1992's Aladdin did have a direct-to-video animated sequel, 1994's The Return of Jafar, so who's to say Disney won't make a return to Agrabah in live-action? Although early reviews haven't exactly set the world on fire -- its Rotten Tomatoes score stands at 59 percent -- Aladdin is expected to earn north of $175 million worldwide in its opening weekend. About $75 million of that will come from the North American market, including Monday's Memorial Day. That won't set any records, but as Deadline points out, Disney doesn't have a great track record with the holiday.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as the Sultan of Agrabah, Billy Magnussen as new character Prince Anders, and Frank Welker and Alan Tudyk as the voices of Abu and Iago, respectively. The film opens Friday nationwide.