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.