Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin had a huge opening weekend at the box office, the third highest debut of the year, in fact.
The big-budget ($186 million) live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic took in an estimated $86.1 million for its three-day opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.
The debut comes in behind Captain Marvel ($153.4 million) and Avengers: Endgame ($357.1 million) as the third biggest three-day opening of 2019.
Aladdin opened in a massive 4,476 theatres, earning a healthy $19,236 per-screen average during its first three days in theatres.
The 4,476-theater rollout is the third largest of all time, behind Despicable Me 3 (4,529 theatres) and Avengers: Endgame (4,662 theatres).
It earned an additional $121 million in international markets, for a global debut of $207.1 million.
Variety is also reporting that, for the four-day Memorial holiday weekend, Aladdin is eyeing a $105 million debut.
Aladdin earned mixed reviews from critics, with a 58% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it fared much better with moviegoers.
ComScore’s PostTrak general audience survey revealed that 67% of moviegoers would recommend Aladdin to their friends.
39% of moviegoers added that it was their affection for the original animated movie which leads them to see the live-action remake.
‘A very strong 22% said they would see the film again in theatres — much higher than the norm of 14%,’ said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore’s senior media analyst.
‘Aladdin’ is performing exactly the way we were hoping,’ said Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff. ‘We should see strong performance in the coming weeks as we get into the summer season.’
Last weekend’s box office champ, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, dropped 57.1% to second place this weekend with $24.3 million.
Avengers: Endgame dropped to third place with $16.8 million while Detective Pikachu slipped to fourth place with $13.3 million
Newcomers Brightburn and Booksmart both underperformed in fifth place with $7.3 million and $6.5 million.
The top 10 at the box office is rounded out by A Dog’s Journey ($4 million), The Hustle ($3.8 million), The Intruder ($2.2 million) and Long Shot ($1.5 million).
Source: Daily Mail