Disney’s live-action/cg hybrid remake of Aladdin surpassed expectations for its opening at the domestic box office, benefitting from the Memorial Day Weekend holiday in the United States. The Guy Ritchie-directed film had a four-day gross of $112.7 million on 4,476 screens.
Internationally, Aladdin has already amassed $121 million for a global total of $233.7 million. By now, the movie has debuted in all major markets around the world except Japan, where it will open on June 7. According to Box Office Mojo, China was Aladdin’s biggest market with $18.7 million, then Mexico ($9.2m), U.K. ($8.4m), Italy ($6.6m), South Korea ($6.5m), Russia ($6.4m), Australia ($5.4m), Indonesia ($4.9m), Spain ($4.8m), Brazil ($4.6m), France ($3.8m), Germany ($3.6m), and the Philippines ($3.4m).
Results like this will only encourage Disney to continue cranking out these revamped versions of their animated classics. Up next is the photoreal-animated remake of The Lion King, opening on July 19, which could potentially be an even bigger hit. Earlier this year, Disney opened Tim Burton’s Dumbo to middling reviews and unimpressive grosses.