Disney’s next live-action revival movie, Aladdin, opens this Memorial Day weekend in the United States, and it’s expected to make a lot of money over its opening weekend. Early box office tracking numbers suggest the film will make $80 million or more over the long weekend.
The estimates, which were obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, further state that Aladdin’s opening-weekend US/Canada haul could actually be closer to $100 million as Disney ramps up its marketing efforts.
For comparison, Disney’s latest revival film, Dumbo, opened to a disappointing $45.9 million in the US and Canada back in March. Aladdin is of course a bigger, more widely known name than Dumbo, so it is expected to do better. Disney’s next new live-action remake, The Lion King, opens in July and surely it is eyeing a bigger opening-weekend box office haul.
Aladdin, which is based on Disney’s 1992 animated classic, stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin. He discovers a magical lamp, which conjures a singing, dancing, wise-cracking genie (Will Smith). The genie grants him three wishes, with which he sets about wooing Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and avoiding the evil Jafar (Marwan Kenzari). Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is directing the new Aladdin.
Aladdin opens in the US on May 24. It doesn’t have a huge amount of competition, but also out that day is Brightburn, the superhero horror movie produced by James Gunn.