Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Soars to Massive $112.7M Memorial Day Weekend


Meanwhile, Oli Wilde’s R-rated high school comedy ‘Booksmart’ earned $8.7 million and the superhero horror pic ‘Brightburn’ took in $9.5 million.

It may be a whole new world for Aladdin, but it turned out to be another lucrative opening weekend for Disney.

The live-action feature grossed $112.7 million stateside over the Memorial Day weekend, beating out even high-end estimates that the film would bow to $100 million. 

The Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin stars Will Smith as the Genie and Mena Massoud as the titular hero, a charming street rat who masquerades as a prince to win the affections of Princess Jasmine, played by Naomi Scott. The movie musical, produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich's Rideback, opened wide in 4,400 locations. 

The rehashing of the studio's 1992 animated pic has received a mixed response from critics, with a 57 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but has fared far better with audiences, earning a A CinemaScore. Aladdin’s audience skewed male, with a 60/40 split, with 51 percent under 25 years old.

Aladdin is a return to form for Disney's lucrative live-action adaptations of their classic animations after Tim Burton's Dumbo had a disappointing opening weekend of $45.9 million at the North American box office earlier this year.

In its opening weekend, Aladdin earned more than Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which pulled in $103.2 million in its 2016 debut, but came in behind the Emma Watson-starring Beauty and the Beast, which collected $174.7 million when it premiered in 2017. (Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast did not have the added benefit of a holiday weekend opening.)

Also hitting theaters over the frame was Oli Wilde’s R-rated high school comedy Booksmart, which earned a solid $8.7 million in its holiday bow.

Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever star in the pic as two Ivy League-bound overachievers determined to party on the night before their graduation. Booksmart premiered at SXSW to universal praise, and currently sits at an incredible 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But audiences did not respond as favorably, giving it a B+ CinemaScore. 

Booksmart, which played best on the West Coast, had a largely female audience (61 percent), with a massive 74 percent of the audience falling between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.

Meanwhile, Screen Gems and The H Collective's superhero horror film Brightburn posted a three-day gross of $9.5 million at 2,257 locations. 

The movie was directed by David Yarovesky from a script by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn and counts James Gunn as a producer. A riff on the Superman origin story, Brightburn, toplined by Elizabeth Banks, centers on a couple in Kansas who find an alien baby and raise him, only to see him turn evil.

The film received a lukewarm response from critics, with a 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences gave it a C+ CinemaScore, but a lower rating is not uncommon for horror-tinged films. Seventy-four percent of Brightburn's audience, which was largely male (62 percent), was under 35 years old.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.