Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” has entered into a whole new world at the box office. On Thursday, the film will surpass the $500 million mark globally in just 15 days after taking in another $14.7 million worldwide on Wednesday.
The film has made over $200 million at the domestic box office, putting it ahead of the entire lifetime gross of the live-action “Cinderella” remake. It’s also surpassed Jordan Peele’s “Us” as the third highest grossing film of 2019 thus far, giving Disney the three highest grossing films of the year with “Avengers: Endgame” and “Captain Marvel.”
This weekend, “Aladdin” opens in its final international market in Japan.
After poor initial word of mouth prior to its release, the new “Aladdin” has proven to be a hit with audiences after an over $100 million four-day opening over Memorial Day weekend. It fell to second place domestically in its second week behind “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” but it has regained ground on the monster movie this week. “Aladdin” hopes to maintain this momentum as Universal and Illumination release the family-friendly film “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” and as Disney-Fox release the latest “X-Men” film, “Dark Phoenix.”
Disney boasts an enormous market share this year, which currently sits at over 35% with more than $1.6 billion grossed domestically. Disney is already expected to gross more than $3 billion this year, but the additional grosses from Fox films could push it close to the $4 billion mark.
“Aladdin” is a remake of the 1992 animated film directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith as the Genie. Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Marwan Kenzari co-star in the live-action musical.