‘Aladdin’ Crosses $1 Billion at the Global Box Office

     July 26, 2019


It’s good to be Disney when it comes to the box office. The studio’s flops are quickly forgotten and its successes tend to cross $1 billion at the global box office. No one’s talking about Dumbo, but Disney just sent out a press release announcing that Aladdin has become the studio’s third film to hit $1 billion this year following Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. It’s also the fifth Disney-branded movie to hit the milestone following Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Per Disney, “Earning an A CinemaScore and a 94% verified audience score on RottenTomatoes, Aladdin has seen robust week-to-week performance throughout its run. It debuted over the four-day Memorial Day weekend with $117M domestically and has remained in the top 7 over the course of its nine-week run, earning a total of $343M to date. Internationally, it has brought in $656M and continues to draw audiences throughout the world. The top international market is Japan, where the film is about to pass the $100M mark following on from very strong holds since its opening on June 7. It has also performed strongly in Korea, where it is the #4 Western film of all time with $81M, China with $53M, the UK with $45M, and in the Middle East, where it is the highest grossing release of all time in the region.”

That’s really be the secret of Aladdin’s success: longevity. It had a strong debut, but the film continued to stay alive at the box office, avoiding the drop-off of other blockbusters like Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Aladdin probably won’t be the last 2019 Disney film to cross $1 billion. They’ve still got a little movie called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on the way.


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