The final numbers for the four-day holiday weekend have now been tabulated and Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” overcame weak reviews to prove a hit for the Mouse House.
As of end of Monday, the film has garnered $112.7 million – effectively matching in four days what the last Disney live-action adaptation “Dumbo” made over its entire domestic run. That’s also well ahead of expectations as analysts were suggesting it would stop below the $100 million mark for the four days, many were estimating less than that.
The film is also being subjected to a division between critics and audiences with the public giving it an excellent ‘A’ CinemaScore as opposed to the mixed-weak critical reviewa. Internationally, the film earned another $121 million in its opening frame overseas.
The overperforming came at a cost however with two other films – “Brightburn” and “Booksmart” – both disappointing. James Gunn produced “Brightburn, a horror version of the Superman origin story, cost little to make. Even so, the film still only garnered a four-day gross of approximately $9.5 million. Both critics and public reviews were underwhelming.
The Olivia Wilde-directed comedy “Booksmart” scored some of the year’s best reviews from critics, but it didn’t translate – earning a solid ‘B+’ CinemaScore and only $8.7 million over four days.
“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” kept on shooting, earning a solid $31 million over the four-day holiday weekend and taking second place. After eleven days, the film has become the biggest ‘Wick’ movie both domestically and internationally with a $182 million worldwide gross and has given Lionsgate a true mega-franchise it has been yearning for since “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” closed up shop.
“Avengers: Endgame” also crossed the $800 million mark domestically, only the second film ever to do so (the only other was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $936 million). The film garnered a further $22.3 million in its four-day holiday run.
Source: Box-Office Mojo