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Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Conjures $110 Million-Plus Over Memorial Day Weekend

Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” soared far above the competition in North America, with an estimated $112.7 million at 4,476 sites over four days.

It’s the fifth-highest Memorial Day weekend total ever, topping “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” 2014 mark of $110.4 million. Disney holds the record for the holiday, with 2007’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” at $139 million.

Aladdin” easily outperformed Disney’s pre-opening domestic projections, which were in the $75 million to $85 million range for the four days — and underlined the validity of the studio’s strategy of rebooting its animated classics such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Jungle Book.” In this case, it remade the original 1992 animated movie with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Guy Ritchie directed.

Lionsgate’s second weekend of “John Wick: Chapter 3” finished a distant second with $31 million, giving the Keanu Reeves actioner about $107.6 million domestically in its first 11 days. The studio announced a week ago that it had already greenlit “John Wick 4” for 2021.

Disney’s fifth weekend of “Avengers: Endgame” followed with $22.3 million at 3,810 locations, increasing its domestic take to $803.3 million. “Endgame” is the second-highest North American grosser of all time, following Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $936 million. It’s also the second-biggest worldwide performer ever with $2.68 billion, or about $100 million short of “Avatar.”

Warner Bros.’ third weekend of “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” followed in fourth place over the holiday weekend with $17 million at 3,824 sites. The family adventure will finish the frame at the $120 million mark.

Sony’s launch of horror-thriller “Brightburn” came in fifth with $9.5 million at 2,607 venues, and United Artists-Annapurna’s opening of teen comedy “Booksmart” followed with $8.7 million at 2,505 locations. Both debuted slightly below pre-release forecasts.

Universal’s second session of “A Dog’s Journey” was seventh with $5.5 million at 3,279 sites, lifting its 11-day total to $16.4 million. United Artists’ third weekend of “The Hustle” followed in eighth with $4.8 million at 2,377 locations to pass $30 million in 18 days.

Sony’s fourth weekend of “The Intruder” pulled in $2.9 million at 1,612 venues to finish ninth, followed by Lionsgate’s fourth frame of “Long Shot” with $2.1 million at 1,354 sites to round out the top 10. Disney’s ninth weekend of “Dumbo” made $1.3 million at 346 locations to give the reboot $113 million after 60 days — just ahead of what “Aladdin” grossed in its first four days.

Overall 2019 domestic box office reached $4.34 billion as of Sunday, 10% behind last year’s total, despite “Avengers: Endgame’s” massive haul. Upcoming releases during the next month include “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Men in Black: International” and “Toy Story 4.” Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Lion King” opens on July 19 — 25 years after the original animated blockbuster dazzled audiences with $422 million domestically.

Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said the 2019 slate — held down by a slow start in January and February — could still top last year’s record-setting total of $11.9 billion.

“It’s going to take patience and time to erase more of the current deficit as a series of upcoming blockbusters will take a strong stand against last year’s comps and with the massive slate on tap, including Disney’s own ‘The Lion King,’ the opportunity to pull ahead of last year is certainly not an impossible task,” he added.

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