Box Office: ‘Aladdin’ Flies to $7 Million on Thursday Night

Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” flew to $7 million during Thursday night previews in North America.That’s well above the $5.7 million “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” earned two weeks ago on its way to a $54 million three-day opening.“Aladdin” has been pegged to gross between $75 million to $85 million at about 4,400 sites over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

That’s well above the $45 million opening for Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” during March 29-31, the studio’s most recent remake of its animated classic films.Guy Ritchie directed the reboot, starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

The original 1992 animated movie, with Robin Williams as Genie, grossed a massive $502 million globally and won two Oscars.“Aladdin” has generated mixed reviews from critics, earning a 60% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Variety’s Peter Debruge called it a “mostly rewarding live-action remake.”Annapurna and United Artists Releasing are opening coming-of-age comedy “Booksmart,

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