‘Aladdin’ Takes a Magic Carpet Ride to $1 Billion at the Global Box Office

Just like that, Disney has cast yet another globally successful spell.

Add Aladdin to the list of billion-dollar earners at this year’s global box office. The remake of the 1992 animated classic  crossed $1 billion today after finishing Thursday with a North American total of $343.1 million and $656.2 million overseas, and will reach the coveted box office milestone by day’s end.

The film gives star Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie their first billion-dollar feature, not adjusted for inflation. Disney and Ritchie assembled an international cast that stars Smith as the genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

Aladdin marks the third Disney release of 2019 to join the club after Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel. It is the the fifth Disney live-action movie to reach the dollar figure after Beauty and the Beast, Alice in WonderlandPirates of Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

After earning positive reviews from critics, Aladdin surprised with a top-five Memorial Day opening, earning $116.8 million domestically over the course of the holiday. Along with several blockbuster films tanking, Aladdin was able to maintain strong legs and is still in the top 10 on the weekend charts, two months after it originally came out.

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