Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin is dominating the Memorial Day weekend with more than $116 million for the long weekend. Directed by Guy Richie, Will Smith leads the cast in the lavish live-action take on the animated classic that was released back in 1992. Internationally, Aladdin has generated more than $120 million over the weekend, by the end of the Bank Holiday, Aladdin should be sitting on a global debut of close to $250 million.
Disney's previous live-action remake, Dumbo, failed to take flight with a worldwide haul of $348 million. Costing upwards of $170 million to produce, Dumbo has served as an expensive reminder to Disney that even the most beloved of their animated classics doesn't equal an automatic box office blockbuster. That said, The Lion King is undoubtedly going to rule the box office when it leaps into cinemas in July.
Aside from Disney's latest live-action offering, John Wick held steady with its second weekend taking $30 million which pushed Chapter 3 over the $100 million lines, a first for the franchise. Internationally, John Wick has amassed more than $74 million, and it's now the highest grossing in the franchise. The already confirmed Chapter 4 lands in cinemas on May 21, 2021.
Avengers Endgame edges ever closer to toppling Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time. The grand finale for the Avengers as we know them is sitting just shy of a global haul of $2.7 billion; if it can add another $100 million to its total before it leaves cinemas, then it has beaten Avatar. If there was ever an added incentive to see Endgame for a second, third, or even tenth time, the prospect of it becoming the biggest movie of all time should be enough to get you to go again.
The two other new releases claimed fifth and sixth place respectively. The James Gunn produced superhero horror Brightburn landed at fifth with $7.8 million for the weekend. A dark take on the Superman style origin story cost a very modest $6 million to produce, so the lower than expected debut can still be seen as a solid start. Finally, Olivia Wilde's critically directorial praised debut, Booksmart, expanded from its limited release to claim sixth place. Already a hot contender for next year's awards season, Booksmart wide release generated $6.9 million, and its strong word of mouth should see it stick around the top ten for a few weeks to come.