Disney continues to add to its incredibly large bank as it was just announced this week that the live-action ‘Aladdin‘ remake crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
This makes it the fifth Disney-branded live-action film to hit the mark, joining Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean.
Aladdin has taken in $343.1 million domestically and $656.2 million internationally, led by $98.8 million in Japan, $81.4 million in Korea, $53.3 million in China and $45.3 million in the UK.
Aladdin opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day holiday and easily outperformed Disney’s pre-opening domestic projections, which were in the $75 million to $85 million range for the four days.
This marks the first time Will Smith has reached the $1 billion mark at the box office, so it looks like taking heat for playing the Genie role paid off for him.
Congratulations to everyone involved! Now we’ll wait and see if Lion King follows.[mashshare]