There has been a lot of hype surrounding the new live action version of the 1992 Disney animated film “Aladdin.” The new version features Will Smith as the genie. It was released over the Memorial Day weekend and the early box office returns have been great. In fact, the film had one of the biggest grosses for Memorial Day weekend in history. It is clear that audiences love this story of a poor boy who wins the love of a beautiful princess with the help of a genie who lives in a magic lamp. The original animated film was a big hit when it was originally released. Robin Williams provided the voice of the genie in that version.
Disney has had very good luck making live action versions of their animated films. This is evidenced by the fact that the live action version of “Beauty and the Beast” took in a staggering $1 billion at the global box office. Disney will have another huge live action release coming out later this year when “The Lion King” makes its debut. Advance ticket sales for that film have been very strong. It could very easily have a bigger opening weekend than “Aladdin.”
The early reviews for “Aladdin” have been very positive so far. Many of the biggest movie critics in the United States have praised the film’s special effects and Will Smith’s performance. The reviews from people who went to see the movie have also been very positive. This should help the film do very good business in the weeks to come. There are no really big movies that will be coming out over the course of the next few weeks. This should allow “Aladdin” to dominate the box office.
Some of the executives from Disney have said that there are other animated films they want to give the live action treatment to. However, they were not willing to elaborate about which movies they were referring to. It took a long time for the live action version of “Aladdin” to get made. There had been rumors about it for over a decade. However, Disney had other projects that it gave priority to. Therefore, the new “Aladdin” movie kept getting pushed back further. Finally, the project started to pick up some momentum a few years ago. Will Smith agreed to play the genie and everything else fell into place after that. It will be one of the biggest films this year.