Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Flies to $7 Million on Thursday Night

Variety | 5/24/2019 | Dave McNary
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Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” flew to $7 million during Thursday night previews in North America.

That’s well above the $5.7 million that “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” earned two weeks ago on its way to a $54 million three-day opening. Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” took in $5.5 million in previews on the same night in 2017 on its way to a $78 million opening over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Sony’s horror-thriller “Brightburn” pulled in $950,000 for Thursday night previews starting at 7 p.m. in 2,257 locations. United Artists-Annapurna’s comedy “Booksmart” took $875,000 in previews.

“Aladdin” has been pegged to gross between $75 million to $85 million at about 4,400 sites over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. That would be above the $45 million opening for Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” during March 29-31, the studio’s most recent remake of its animated classic films.

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Guy Ritchie directed the reboot, starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. The original 1992 animated movie, with Robin Williams as Genie, grossed a massive $502 million globally and won two Oscars.

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“Aladdin” has generated mixed reviews from critics, earning a 60% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety’s Peter Debruge called it a “mostly rewarding live-action remake.”

Annapurna and United Artists Releasing are opening coming-of-age comedy “Booksmart,” with expectations between $10 million to $16 million from 2,505 locations over the four-day frame. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein star as academic prodigies who cut loose the night before their high school graduation. “Booksmart” has been a critical favorite since premiering at South by Southwest in March, with a 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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