Disney‘s Aladdin remake has been one of the most highly anticipated films to come out of the long list of live action remakes for years now. The massive company has been slowly churning out live action remakes of its classic films for years now. Alice In Wonderland started the trend, which has now seen live-action versions of stories like Cinderella, Snow White (sort of, since Maleficent was technically a spinoff), and Dumbo to name a few. But whether the films join the ranks among their animated counterparts as instant classic is up for debate, as many of the remakes have fallen short when translated into a live film. Now that Aladdin has been released, it’s time to find out if it stacks up against its original.
Opening Weekend At The Box Office
The opening weekend of Aladdin‘s release in the United States raked in nearly $113 million across a span of over 4,000 theaters, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. The studio anticipated that the film would bring in around $100 million during its opening weekend, so the added $13 million is a nice surprise, albeit for a company that’s hardly strapped for cash. Memorial Day Weekend is one of the biggest weekends for the mainstream blockbuster movie industry, and Aladdin had to compete with a couple of other highly anticipated 2019 films that saw a release on Friday. Booksmart, for example, brought in nearly $9 million in its first three days. For an “R” rated comedy, that’s quite a bit.
Criticism of the film has been mixed since its initial trailers were released months ago. The film, which stars Will Smith as the Genie, among others like Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine, respectively. Audiences didn’t react well to the initial trailers, which showed genie with blue skin in. However, Disney soon released a second trailer which showed the Genie with regular skin, sans the CG. Once the film was released, mixed reviews continued to pour in. The film currently holds a 58% rating on websites like Rotten Tomatoes. Meanwhile, the film holds a high 7.4 rating on IMDB. Audience response to the film has been better than the critical response, though there have been some negative comments regarding Disney’s choice to include DJ Khaled in the film and score.
Overall, though, Aladdin has proven to be an entertaining piece of media that satisfies both child and adult audiences. Many of the original Disney cartoons don’t satisfy everyone once they’re brought to life because the originals are much more simple. Beauty and the Beast, for example, received mixed criticism when it hit theaters just a couple of years ago despite the fact that the original film was much shorter. Writers have to flesh the script out themselves, and not every original story has an original writer like Lewis Carroll (as was the case with Alice In Wonderland, despite being a dismal excuse for a remake once it came into fruition).
Upcoming Disney Live Action Remakes
Aladdin is, by no means, the last film to get a live action remake in Disney’s near future. The Lion King is the next film to come to life on the big screen with a stellar cast like Donald Glover, Beyonce, and James Earl Jones. The Lion King hits theaters on July 19 of this year.