Disney’s “Aladdin” jumped to the top of the holiday box office this weekend. During the traditional three-day weekend, the studios’ latest live-action adaptation opened at number-one with an $86M debut, which grew to $105M over the four-day domestic holiday.
Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm and FOX, the studio controls the three highest-opening films on Memorial Day weekend. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” sits at number-one with a $139.8M opening in 2007, and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” holds second-place with its $126.9M opening in 2008. FOX’s “X-Men: Last Stand” ranks third, having a $122.8M opening weekend in 2006. Disney’s “Aladdin” landed in fifth-place on the chart this year, bumping “X-Men: Days of Future Past” to sixth-place overall with its $110M holiday opening.
The live-action adaptation still has a long way to go before it tops the original animated-comedy in worldwide gross. Disney’s original “Aladdin” had a limited release in the fall of 1992 when it grossed $196K. The film opened nationwide later that same month with a $19.2M opening but failed to open at number-one domestically. FOX’s “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” made $28.6M during the film’s follow-up weekend, pushing “Aladdin” to second-place on the domestic charts. During its theatrical run, Disney’s “Aladdin” still made over $504M worldwide.
The popularity of the live-action “Aladdin,” and the continued success of “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” stifled the other new releases that hit theaters over the holiday weekend. Sony Pictures’ horror-thriller “Brightburn” opened in fifth-place this weekend with a $7.8M opening across 2,600 locations, and Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart” opened in sixth-place overall with a $6.9M opening across 2,500 locations. The focus on the YA demo will most likely help these two films recoup their mediocre openings through digital streaming, but the movies may have done better during a less crowded weekend.
“Aladdin” will most likely lose its number-one ranking next weekend when Warner Bros. Pictures releases Michael Dougherty’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” against the horror-thriller “Ma” and the musical biopic “Rocketman.” Things won’t be any easier for the next batch of winners, as “Dark Phoenix,” “Late Night,” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” are set to open in theaters the following week.
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