Disney’s “Aladdin” is nearing the $900M mark at the global box office. The latest remake reached $897.4M after the July 4th holiday, edging towards another $1B mark for Disney. “Aladdin” currently sits in fourth-place within Disney’s live-action remake franchise, behind “Beauty and the Beast,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Jungle Book.”
“Aladdin” hit theaters in late May, taking the top spot on opening weekend with a $91M debut against Sony’s “Brightburn” and Oliva Wilde’s “Booksmart.” The live-action remake made nearly $900M in just over six weeks, at a time when “Avengers: Endgame,” “Toy Story 4,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Dark Phoenix,” “Men in Black International,” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2” were all still playing in theaters.
The six week running total is impressive, even when compared to other Disney films. “Maleficent” went on to make over $758M for Disney in 2014, and Lily James’ “Cinderella” made over $543M in 2015. Disney’s “The Jungle Book” was next in line, and made $966M in 2016. Disney released “Alice Through the Looking Glass” that same year, but the film topped at $299M. The studio returned to the remakes in the summer of 2016 and “Pete’s Dragon” made $143M worldwide. “Beauty and the Beast” roared into theaters in 2017 and made $1.2B globally, the first live-action film since “Maleficent” to pass the $1B mark. Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” released in early 2019, earning $351M worldwide for the studio.
In Disney’s live-action franchise, including “Alice in Wonderland” and the older “101 Dalmatians” films, “Alice in Wonderland” was the first live-action movie based on one of Disney’s animated classics to reach the $1B mark, and it made $1.025B.
Guy Ritchie directed “Aladdin” for Disney. The movie stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud.
The next big release is Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” which hits theaters on October 18th. Angelina Jolie stars in the title role, alongside Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. These actors are reprising their roles from the first “Maleficent,” and they will be joined by newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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