Aladdin is off to a strong start on its Memorial Day opening weekend, based on domestic box office earnings from its Thursday night preview screenings.
The film earned $7 million domestically from the Thursday night shows, the best Memorial Day preview night box office take. It surpassed the 2017 Thursday night preview earnings of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which earned $5.5 million in preview showings before opening to a $78.4 million domestic holiday weekend.
The film is on track to surpass Disney's previous live-action remake this year, Dumbo, which performed below box office expectations this past March. The Tim Burton-directed film scored $2.6 million in Thursday previews, ultimately earning $46 million domestically its opening weekend.
Aladdin was reportedly made with a production budget of approximately $182 million, not including marketing or distribution. Currently estimated to earn $73-85 million domestically across the entire holiday weekend, Aladdin is expected to be another strong win for Disney this year.
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 is in theaters everywhere.