‘Aladdin’ Adaptation Makes Magical $86 Million Debut at Box Office

Aladdin live-action remake. (Credit: Disney)

Disney’s Aladdin remake conjured up massive ticket sales over the Memorial Day weekend and exceeded expectations.

The live-action retelling of the studio’s 1992 animated classic earned an estimated $86.1 million over 3-days and is expected to pass $100 million in North America by Monday, according to Comscore.

The movie-musical stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life blue Genie. Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott co-star.

Critics didn’t love the adaptation from director Guy Ritchie, giving it a so-so 58 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. They described Aladdin as “bland,” with some reviews saying the film needed a “better Genie.” Still, moviegoers brushed off the negative critiques and flocked to see the film.

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Elsewhere at the box office, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum slipped to second place with $24.3 million.

Avengers: Endgame took third with $16.8 million, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu landed in fourth with $13.3 million.

Rounding out the top five was Sony’s R-rated sci-fi horror film Brightburn with $7.535 million.

Actress Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart failed to crack the top five and opened in sixth place with $6.5 million.