Update: Official tracking numbers are now in, with Aladdin expected to gross around $100 million across the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, and $80 million from the Friday-Sunday period. Original story follows:
Tim Burton’s Dumbo didn’t quite manage to soar at the box office, with the filmmaker’s live-action adaptation of the 1941 animated Disney classic opening well below expectations last weekend with $45 million domestic and $116 million worldwide.
However, it seems that Disney’s next live-action remake could find itself performing much better, with long-range tracking for Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin pointing to a three-day domestic debut of in the region of $70 – $95 million, and a four-day take of $85 – $115 million across the full Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The early marketing for Aladdin didn’t go too well, with the movie coming in for criticism over Will Smith’s human form Genie, followed by more criticism – and some laughter – once Smith’s blue form Genie was unveiled.
Nevertheless, the above forecast suggests that audiences aren’t ready to write the film off just yet, and with the best part of two months to go until it’s release there’s still plenty of time for Disney’s marketing machine to work its magic.
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.
Aladdin is being directed by Guy Ritchie (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and features a cast that includes Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), Will Smith (Genie), Marwan Kenzari (Jafar), Navid Negahban (The Sultan), Nasim Pedrad (Dalia); Billy Magnussen (Prince Anders), Numan Acar (Hakim), Alan Tudyk (Iago) and Frank Welker (Abu). It is set for release on May 24th 2019.
via Flickering Myth