Put another “W” on the board for Disney. The live-action remake of ‘Aladdin‘ just put up some outstanding numbers at the box office. You’ll remember that the early projections had this movie making around $70 million during its opening weekend. The highest predictions were at $100 million.
Well, during the holiday weekend ‘Aladdin’ made a cool $112 million, soaring past every projection out there.
It opened in over 4,400 locations across the country. The reviews from critics were mixed, but the audience score has been much better. ‘Aladdin’ has an A CinemaScore, compared to a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In its opening weekend, Aladdin earned more than Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, which pulled in $103.2 million in its 2016 debut, but came in behind the Emma Watson-starring Beauty and the Beast, which collected $174.7 million when it premiered in 2017.
It also earned over $120 million internationally, so you can bet Disney is very pleased.
Meanwhile, Olivia Wilde’s high school comedy Booksmart did not perform well. It opened in over 2,500 locations, but it made just $8.7 million this past weekend. The film was loved by critics and those who have seen it (me included) loved it as well.
Sadly, just not enough people went out to watch it. Perhaps it’ll find some new life during its second weekend.[mashshare]