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‘Aladdin’ Crowned With $86 Million Opening, $105 Million 4-Day

Disney remake set to earn best Memorial Day opening in the past five years

Disney’s “Aladdin” is acquiring more wealth than Prince Ali, as the remake of the 1991 animated classic is now estimated to earn a $90 million weekend opening and a $105 million 4-day opening for Memorial Day.

That result would rank sixth among the highest openings for a Memorial Day weekend release and would be the highest since the $110 million opening for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” back in 2014.

Critics may have called Guy Ritchie’s film “cinematic karaoke” and given it a tepid 58% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences are having a good time, with an A on CinemaScore and a 4.5 on Postrak. This word of mouth will be helpful next weekend when “Aladdin” competes against the Elton John biopic musical “Rocketman,” which currently has an 88% Rotten Tomatoes score after its Cannes premiere and is projected for an opening in the $20 million range.

Overseas, “Aladdin” earned $121 million, as it opened in all markets except Japan, with China contributing $18.2 million and Mexico contributing $9.2 million. The film has a 3-day global opening of $207 million, with $15 million coming from IMAX screens.

This strong opening for “Aladdin” will also mean that Disney’s domestic gross totals for the year will cross $1.5 billion after just five months. More than half of that total comes from “Avengers: Endgame,” which will pass $800 million domestic after making $22 million in its fifth weekend. With a “Lion King” remake and sequels to “Toy Story,” “Frozen” and “Star Wars” coming later this year, Disney is not only likely to explode past last year’s $3.09 billion domestic total, but possibly become the first studio to hit $4 billion.

Sitting in second between “Aladdin” and “Avengers” this weekend is Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” which dropped 58% from its $56.8 million opening for a $24.3 million weekend total and a $30 million 4-day total. “Parabellum” has passed both the domestic and global totals for “John Wick: Chapter 2” after just two weekends, with an estimated domestic total of $106 million and a global total of $181 million.

Taking fourth is Warner Bros./Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu” with a $17 million 4-day total, bringing its domestic total to $120 million after three weekends. Rounding out the top five is Sony/Screen Gems’ “Brightburn,” which is falling below expectations with a $9 million 4-day opening but is in no danger of flopping with a $6 million production budget. Reception for the film was tepid with a C+ CinemaScore and a 58% Rotten Tomatoes score.

In sixth is Annapurna/United Artists’ “Booksmart,” which is hitting the lower end of tracker projections with an $8 million 4-day opening. Unlike “Brightburn,” critical reception for the coming-of-age comedy by first time director Olivia Wilde has been excellent with a 99% Rotten Tomatoes score and a B+ on CinemaScore. If word of mouth remains strong, the film could leg out modestly into June, and seems destined to become a future cult classic based on strong social media praise.

9:30 AM: Updated with studio weekend estimates