Aladdin Flies to No. 1

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Aladdin movie monday

It’s not as if Disney needs a magic lamp. It owns the year’s top two movies already. It’s filling its theme parks. And forget needing to impress the princess: Disney’s roster boasts more princesses per square foot than all the royal residences of Great Britain.

Still, the Mouse House got another wish come true this Memorial Day weekend anyway, with a certain blue genie turning everything green.

Aladdin, the latest remake of a beloved Disney animated film, took off like a flying carpet and flew to the Arabian heights (and the top of the box office). It earned an estimated $90.4 million domestically during the traditional three-day weekend. That’s the third-biggest opening this year, by the way—trailing only Avengers: Endgame ($357.1 million) and Captain Marvel ($153.4 million), both of which are, of course, also owned by Disney. Add in Memorial Day itself to the lamp, and Aladdin’s North-American take climbs to an estimated $112.7 million in North America.

Aladdin did quite well across the big blue sea, too, banking $121 million, bringing its global take to $233.7 million. When Aladdin sings that he’ll show Princess Jasmine the world, that’s no exaggeration.

Aladdin’s spectacular march into the nation’s theaters pushed last weekend’s champ, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, into second place. The R-rated action flick earned another $24.6 million over the standard weekend (and $31 million including Memorial Day) to increase its total to $107.6 million.

Avengers: Endgame slid to third with $17.2 million ($22.3 million including Memorial Day). Still, that was enough to make it only the second movie ever to earn more than $800 million domestically, joining Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Endgame, which has earned more than $803.6 million here, still has some work to catch The Force Awakens’ $936.7 million. Maybe it can send all of us back into the past so we can go see the movie again for the first time. Or something.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu battled its way to fourth place, scoring another $13.4 million (and $17.3 million counting Memorial Day). Meanwhile, two newcomers duked it out for fifth: Brightburn, which reimagines aSuperman-ish –adolescent as a mass murderer, took fifth place with $7.9 million. Booksmart, a raunchy teen comedy about two bookish besties who decide to cut loose after graduation, settled for sixth with $6.9 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 19 days ago
I cautiously decided to go and see Aladdin this weekend, and it turned out so much better than I ever could have imagined. Aladdin was one of my most-watched films growing up, so much so that I practically have every scene, line of dialogue, and song lyric permanently ingrained into my memory, and of course one of the main reasons for that was the beloved Robin Williams. So having said that I figured there was no way in heck that a Will Smith led Aladdin would come anywhere close to being as magical, but boy was I wrong. Everyone did a fantastic job (Jasmine in particular was way prettier and much more self-empowering than she was in the original animated tale), the storyline except for a couple of nice additions was quite literally a remake of the original (throwing way less curveballs in the mix than Beauty and the Beast did that's for sure), but was overall just a really fun cool movie to watch. I daresay even without the incomparable Robin Williams it may have surpassed the original. Shocking but true. Color me totally surprised, but I truly loved this new version of Aladdin.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I actually thought that same thing about Beauty and the Beast when I saw it. It had the stuff that made me love it in the first place, but added things that made it better. (There was a few stuff that was obviously not right about new Beauty and the Beast, but overall I enjoyed it.)
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 23 days ago
And there goes our chances of Endgame ever dethroning Avatar as highest grossing movie ever.... Way to cannibalize your own sales, Disney.

-Evan
Anonymous 23 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Well, Disney now technically owns Avatar, so whichever movie comes out on top, they win either way.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Remember when Disney was just an animation studio that made Mickey Mouse cartoons?  Now they own, like, the world. Times have changed.
-Emma Bibliophile
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Anonymous 23 days ago
That's encouraging. I heard some bad things about t so I wasn't sure I wanted to see it anymore, but now I probably will!
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 19 days ago
I'm almost sure you won't be disappointed when you do.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Why on earth was that comment deleted?
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 23 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I’m not entirely sure why my siblings and I weren’t allowed to watch the original Aladdin, maybe it was the Middle Eastern spiritual content, Jasmine’s revealing outfit, that one scene between her and Jafar toward the end of the film, or a combination of the above, but whatever the reason, I’ve only seen the original once, and it was pretty funny, especially Robin Williams as the genie.

Not that interested in seeing this remake though. Come to think of it, the only movies I’m looking forward to for the rest of 2019 are Spider-Man Far from Home and (maybe) Joker. Guess I’ll just play Team Sonic Racing while I wait for them to come out (great game by the way).
Karl The Klown 23 days ago
Never was a big fan of the original Aladdin. So not really interested in this one (same will goes for the Lion King) 

I have friends on Xbox who play Team Sonic. They say its pretty good.
Really looking forward to E3 in just a few weeks. Hoping new info on Gears 5 Multiplayer comes out. Maybe even a Beta announcement 
Anonymous 23 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

In terms of games confirmed for E3, I’m most excited to see news on Jedi: Fallen Order and Cyberpunk 2077 (although I’ll probably never end up playing the latter).

But for surprises that are in store for E3, I hope we FINALLY get to see what Rocksteady has been up to these past four years. I’m pretty sure they were telling the truth when they said their next game isn’t Superman, but part of me hopes that they’re lying for the sake of surprise (keep in mind that they lied twice when they were working on Arkham Knight).
Anonymous 23 days ago
When you talk about video games, do you know I don't understand a word you are saying? I know, I'm crazy, but I have not played a video game once in my life.
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 22 days ago
The only video games I've ever played are Mrs. Pacman and Sonic the Hedgehog. That's it.
Anonymous 23 days ago
I'd like to see Aladdin way more than Lion King. I haven't seen original Aladdin a few times, much less than, say, Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which were my favorites along with Sleeping Beauty, but I always enjoyed it. Lion King, however, was never a favorite of mine. 
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 23 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Even as a kid I could have cared less about Disney’s animated classics frankly. Pixar movies were always more of my bread and butter to be honest.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Now, I was a disney princess guru. I was obsessed with them, and even now I still enjoy them. I was so sad when I saw Sleeping Beauty with my little sister and she said, essentially, it's so not real looking. 
 She's spoiled by today's special effects, and couldn't see the lovely artistry that went into films like that. 
 You are right about Pixar, though. They are probably better overall, but I did not watch them as much when I was younger. 
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 22 days ago
I was a huge Disney fan growing up. Whenever a movie like The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, Robin Hood, or The Sword in the Stone would be on tv I would just sit there my eyes glued to the screen. One of my favorite memories with my late great Uncle Jim (co-founder of Mission Aviation Fellowship) was when he took me to see The Jungle Book on the big screen. And the very first movie that I actually remember watching at a theater was The Little Mermaid, with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas all quickly to follow. Some of the more recent Disney fare hasn't been quite as good in my opinion, but for every Frozen, Moana, or Wreck It Ralph you get a Big Hero 6, Planes, or Princess and the Frog, so it all kind of evens out in the end.