The latest North American weekend box office numbers are in, and Disney’s newest live-action remake, Aladdin, won the weekend with $86.1 million. The figure is expected to grow to around $105 million when Monday’s Memorial Day numbers come in.
Aladdin also opened in overseas markets this weekend, it made $121 million for the three-day period from international screens to push the movie’s total global box office haul to $207.1 million after just one weekend.
Aladdin didn’t get the strongest reviews from professional critics, but actual audiences loved it. The movie picked up a near-perfect A CinemaScore rating. CinemaScore is a poll of audiences who saw a movie, and it is not unusual for the average critic score to vary from what audiences thought of a film, and this also appears to be the case for Aladdin. A strong CinemaScore rating also suggests that Aladdin will continue to perform well in Week 2 and beyond because of positive word-of-mouth.
Aladdin stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, with Will Smith playing the Genie.
With more than $200 million worldwide for its opening weekend, Aladdin is director Guy Ritchie’s biggest start ever. His next closest was 2009’s Sherlock Holmes ($62.3 million opening). Aladdin also represents Smith’s second-biggest opening-weekend box office ever, only behind Suicide Squad.
As for the rest of the weekend box office, John Wick 3 made $24.4 million in the US and Canada over the first three days of the weekend; it’s expected to climb to $30.5 million when Monday’s numbers come in to finish No. 2 behind Aladdin. It’s also notable that John Wick 3 has now made $181.5 million worldwide after just two weeks, which is ahead of the $171.5 million that John Wick 2 made across its entire theatrical run.
Avengers: Endgame made $16.8 million for the Friday-Sunday period to finish No. 3; that number expected to climb to $21.9 million for the holiday weekend in the US and Canada. Endgame has now made $2.67 billion worldwide, meaning it still trails Avatar ($2.78 billion) as the biggest movie in history.
Rounding out the top five movies at the US and Canadian box office this weekend were Pokemon: Detective Pikachu ($13.3 million) and the new James Gunn-produced superhero horror movie Brightburn ($7.5 million).
May 24-26 North American Box Office
- Aladdin — $86.1 million
- John Wick: Chapter Three Parabellum — $24.4 million
- Avengers: Endgame — $16.8 million
- Pokemon Detective Pikachu — $13.3 million
- Brightburn — $7.5 million
- Booksmart — $6.5 million
- A Dog’s Journey — $4.1 million
- The Hustle — $3.8 million
- The Intruder — $2.3 million
- Long Shot — $1.7 million