Aladdin Climbing to Stronger Than Expected Opening Weekend


After an impressive haul at the Thursday night box office, Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin is now projected to beat initial expectations in its first weekend in theaters.

According to DeadlineAladdin will win the weekend with $107.7 million over the four-day Memorial Day Weekend, with $86.1 million of that coming over its three days. The movie was initially projected to earn $73-85 million domestically across the entire holiday weekend. Aladdin was reportedly made with a production budget of approximately $182 million, not including marketing or distribution.

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Although Aladdin currently sits at a 58% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, its audience score is an astounding 93%. The movie earned an A from audience according to CinemaScore, indicating fans are responding well to the latest live-action Disney remake.

Other notable film's at this weekend box office include John Wick Chapter 3, which will earn around $30.2 million, and Avengers: Endgame, which will come in around $21.5 million to push its domestic total to $802.8 million by Monday. Detective Pikachu will take in approximately $17.5 million.

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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.

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