Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” may not have won over critics, but the new version of the animated classic is resonating with moviegoers, bringing in the biggest Memorial Day opening weekend grosses in five years.
As Variety reports, “Aladdin” brought in $105 million at the domestic box office over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, the sixth-biggest Memorial Day opening ever, topping the $103.4 million domestic tally of “The Hangover Part II” in 2011.
Meanwhile, “Aladdin” is also proving to be a blockbuster worldwide, with international ticket sales of $121 million, for a worldwide total of an impressive $236 million.
This is well above preliminary projections, which estimated the film would bring in between $75-$85 million domestically.
“‘Aladdin’ is performing exactly the way we were hoping,” Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff told Variety. “We should see strong performance in the coming weeks as we get into the summer season.”
The stronger-than-expected performance of the remake, featuring Will Smith taking over the voice role originated by the late Robin Williams, easily knocked last weekend’s box-office champ, “Jon Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” to the second-place position, adding $30.5 million to its opening weekend tally of $56.8 million for a domestic total of $107 million.
“Avengers: Endgame” captured third place, followed by “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” at fourth and new arrival “Brightburn” in fifth place.