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Disney is gearing up for a magic carpet ride at the box office.
The studio’s live-action remake of Aladdin is on course for an $80 million-plus debut over the long Memorial Day weekend, according to those with access to early tracking surveys.
Some expect the movie to climb higher and even approach $100 million, once Disney makes its final marketing push.
The studio’s live-action adaptations of classic animated titles have historically overperformed at the box office. Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book pulled in $103.2 million over its opening weekend in 2016, while the Emma Watson-starring Beauty and the Beast took in $174.7 million when it premiered in 2017. Those films went on to earn $364 million and $504 million in domestic ticket sales, respectively.
Aladdin is pegged to come in on the lower end of those bows, but still above 2015’s Cinderella, which pulled in $67.8 million in its North American launch. And this year, Tim Burton’s Dumbo live-action adaptation opened to $45.9 million stateside in late March.
Fox and New Regency’s sci-fi feature Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, is also set for a May 24 bow. But the movie did not appear on tracking, indicating that it will not open on that date.
Disney, which now handles all Fox releases after the company merger, hasn’t yet announced a date change, but it has been widely expected.
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