Aladdin Soars to Box Office Win on Opening Weekend

(LOS ANGELES) — Moviegoers voted with their dollars and chose the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend. The Walt Disney Co.’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” crushed the competition at the box office, which included two new original R-rated films that opened as counterprogramming to the family pic: The critically acclaimed teen comedy “Booksmart” and the horror movie “Brightburn.”

But the strategy didn’t quite work. “Aladdin” did better than expected, grossing an estimated $ 86.1 million to take the top spot at the North American box office, according to studio estimates on Sunday. It’ll likely pass $ 100 million by Monday. The others didn’t even break $ 10 million.

“Aladdin,” a musical-adventure directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott and draws heavily on the music and story of the 1992 animated film (the top earner of that year) that it’s based on.

“We’re delighted,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of theatrical distribution. “Between the fun action-adventure and spectacular music combined with the cast, which is so charming and has such great chemistry together, we’ve hit something that fans are embracing and walking out of wanting to share with others.”

Audiences, who were 54% women and 51% families, gave the remake an A CinemaScore, which is much more promising for its continued success than the tepid critical reviews. The studio also got another metric with the newly launched verified Rotten Tomatoes audience rating. Over 7,000 people rated the film to give it a 93%.

“I’m so pleased that Rotten Tomatoes launched this, it means people bought the ticket. You can trust that people giving you the score actually sat through the movie,” Taff said. “We couldn’t ask for a better barometer of fan reception.”

With an international gross of $ 121 million, “Aladdin” has already earned over $ 207 million globally. It cost a reported $ 183 million to produce.

The top few spots at the holiday box office were populated by known brands and sequels. “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” now in its second weekend, placed second with $ 24.4 million. “Avengers: Endgame” took third with $ 16.8 million, and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” landed in fourth with $ 13.3 million.

Original films are struggling to attract significant audiences at the moment. Sony’s modestly budgeted horror movie “Brightburn” opened in fifth with $ 7.5 million. The James Gunn-produced film starring Elizabeth Banks puts a sinister spin on the Superman myth and has received mediocre reviews from critics.

A surprise for many, however, was “Booksmart,” an Annapurna film distributed by United Artists Releasing, which debuted in sixth with only $ 6.5 million, despite excellent reviews and steady buzz from its SXSW film festival debut. Although in line with studio expectations going into the weekend, some had thought that this would be a summer breakout hit.

Olivia Wilde directed the film that stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two teenage overachievers and rule-followers who decide to go to a party on their last night of high school. Many compared it to “Superbad,” which opened in August 2007 to $ 33 million.

But despite all the hype, including a lot of celebrity endorsements on social media from the likes of Natalie Portman and Ryan Reynolds, audiences just didn’t turn out for “Booksmart” in noteworthy numbers.

Wilde saw the writing on the wall Saturday and tried to change the course with a Twitter plea.

“Anyone out there saving @Booksmart for another day, consider making that day TODAY,” Wilde wrote. “We are getting creamed by the big dogs out there and need your support. Don’t give studios an excuse not to green-light movies made by and about women.”

Those who did make to “Booksmart” were mostly women (61 and under the age of 35 (74%). And the target 17-34 age group gave a more favorable exit score (an A) than audiences overall, who gave it a B+.

“People are in a popcorn mood,” Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. “Films trying to be more introspective and fresh are having a tougher time getting their head above water.”

Still, he noted, to have three R-rated films in the top 6 (“Brightburn,” ”Booksmart” and “John Wick: Chapter 3”) is impressive. And one limited release that did manage to connect was the Laurel Canyon music documentary “Echo in the Canyon,” which earned an impressive $ 103,716 from two locations in Los Angeles. It expands to New York next week.

The deficit is still running around 9% for the year, but next weekend could chip away at that with a diverse set of new offerings including the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” ”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and the Octavia Spencer thriller “Ma.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

  1. “Aladdin,” $ 86.1 million ($ 121 million international).
  2. “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” $ 24.4 million ($ 24.8 million international).
  3. “Avengers: Endgame,” $ 16.8 million ($ 15.3 million international).
  4. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” $ 13.3 million ($ 24.3 million international).
  5. “Brightburn,” $ 7.5 million ($ 4.5 million international).
  6. “Booksmart,” $ 6.5 million.
  7. “A Dog’s Journey,” $ 4.1 million ($ 6.5 million international).
  8. “The Hustle,” $ 3.8 million ($ 4.6 million international).
  9. “The Intruder,” $ 2.3 million.
  10. “Long Shot,” $ 1.6 million ($ 788,000 international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:

  1. “Aladdin,” $ 121 million.
  2. “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” $ 24.8 million.
  3. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” $ 24.3 million.
  4. “Avengers: Endgame,” $ 15.3 million.
  5. “A Dog’s Journey,” $ 6.5 million.
  6. “The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil,” $ 6.4 million.
  7. “Rocketman,” $ 6.4 million.
  8. “Mayday Life 3D,” $ 5.5 million.
  9. “The Hustle,” $ 4.6 million.
  10. “Brightburn,” $ 4.5 million.


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PENICHE, Portugal (Tuesday, October 16, 2018) –The MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Stop No. 10 of 11 on the Men’s World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), launched in pumping six-to-eight foot (1.8 – 2.4 metre) surf to challenge the best surfers in the world. Unruly conditions at first light this morning gradually cleaned up to offer hollow barrels by lunchtime to complete the opening round of competition as well as six heats of Round 2.

The new Jeep Leader after France, Gabriel Medina (BRA), found his groove right away on familiar territory in Peniche. Medina evidenced why he is the defending event winner at Supertubos by threading some of the cleanest barrels of the morning and also attacking the solid lips on offer to post a 13.17 total (out of a possible 20) and easily advance into Round 3.

“It feels good to be wearing the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey again,” Medina said. “It’s really hard out there but I got a lot of waves and I’m happy to make it through. It’s good to have this kind of love and support here. I feel like I’m surfing at home and it’s great to be back in Portugal.”

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“I love the challenge of trying to perform in conditions that are very very tricky, and I’m happy to find a couple of scores then,” Wilson said. “I’m sure I’m going to continue to be tested down here. You only get a couple of heats where it’s dreamy, most of the time you’re grinding it out. The contests are very close together and I felt like I didn’t have much time to reset. But I was able to get a good sleep which was crucial and came here for a surf early this morning before the start.”

Only Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) could surpass Wilson’s scoreline in the opening round today, posting a strong 14.77 for two similar waves on which he performed two-turn combinations on his forehand.

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Rookie Griffin Colapinto (USA) scored the first deep barrel of the event, starting behind the section on a solid right, the Californian pumped to move through a couple of sections and exited it to finish the ride with a re-entry. Judges awarded the first excellent 8.00 for Colapinto’s second wave. But Conner Coffin (USA) found his own clean tube, a shorter ride but sufficient, to post the winning 7.33 score into Round 3, sending Colapinto and Joan Duru (FRA) into the elimination Round 2.

A runner-up in Peniche in his rookie season, Italo Ferreira (BRA) has since struggled to make it out of Round 3 at Supertubes. Today the Brasilian started well with two above-average scores in one of the morning’s slower heats. Ferreira first stuck to the wave face with aggressive backhand turns and later threw caution to the wind to go above the lip on his forehand, getting his second score on a single-maneuver.

“I had a lot of great moments in Portugal, it’s a special place for me,” Ferreira said. “This was a hard heat against Frederico (Morais) and Wiggolly (Dantas), but I’m happy I managed to catch a few waves and tried a couple of big maneuvers. It’s been really hard these past few weeks and I had a bad result in France so I felt pretty bad about it, but that’s the game and I’m trying to recover.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), one of the most consistent surfers in Portugal over the years, found a couple of backhand barrels this morning when the lineup was still messy and showed why he’s so dangerous in the thumping shorebreaks of Peniche. The South African advanced into Round 3 and sent Yago Dora (BRA) and Keanu Asing (HAW) into elimination Round 2.

“I feel really confident here and comfortable in Portugal in general,” Smith said. “This whole year I haven’t had great results but yet I’m in the Top 5. I think it’s the same way for everyone. The scores weren’t high in this heat but grinding through and making it is all you got to do. ”

Ryan Callinan (AUS), runner-up at the Quiksilver Pro France only a few days ago, received another opportunity to compete against the world’s best surfers as a replacement wildcard for this event. The young Australian launched the show in the first heat of the morning and posted another upset win to send Owen Wright (AUS) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW) into Round 2. Callinan suffered heavy wipeouts in that heat but also found some nice walls to exploit on his forehand to post a 6.00 and take the win.

“When I came the other year it was pretty small and nothing like this so I’m just trying to get used to the lineup,” Callinan said. “These last few days have been pretty overwhelming so I’m trying to reset and refocus. It’s awesome, I can to Europe for two weeks, I’ve been here over a month already and it looks like I’ll be there a little later now.”

Round 2 unfolded in smaller conditions as the first pulse of swell softened throughout the afternoon. All six heats witnessed top seeds take wins with Owen Wright (AUS), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Willian Cardoso (BRA) and Michael Rodrigues (BRA) all advancing over local wildcards and lower seeded surfers.

Event organizers will be back tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17, at 7:45 a.m WEST to decide if conditions allow for the remaining heats of Round 2 to run.

Surfline, forecast partner of the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, is calling for:

A solid WNW swell will kick off the event window on Tuesday with favorable wind conditions, although surf is likely to still be a little jumbled and mixed up. Although not as big, plenty more surf is expected through the rest of the week (Wed-Sun), while strong northerly winds rise up (still manageable at Supertubos). At this point, a slower storm pattern is looking to emerge for next week, which would result in minor surf for the back-half of the event window.

The MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the WSL’s Facebook page. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.53, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.00, Owen Wright (AUS) 6.50
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.73, Yago Dora (BRA) 5.57, Keanu Asing (HAW) 4.54
Heat 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 10.94, Frederico Morais (PRT) 6.20, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 4.43
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.50, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 12.00, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 9.47
Heat 5: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 10.50, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 9.56, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 4.17
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.17, Samuel Pupo (BRA) 6.03, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 4.77
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.10, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.30, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 5.80
Heat 8: Conner Coffin (USA) 12.16, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 10.17, Joan Duru (FRA) 3.17
Heat 9: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 11.50, Kolohe Andino (USA) 5.76, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 1.80
Heat 10: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 8.83, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.03, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 2.54
Heat 11: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 14.77, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 6.77, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 6.17
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF) 10.47, Michael February (ZAF) 6.73, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 1.67

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.67 def. Samuel Pupo (BRA) 5.03
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 9.33 def. Miguel Blanco (PRT) 7.73
Heat 3: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 8.03 def. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 7.90
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.33 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 9.73
Heat 5: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.50 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.67
Heat 6: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 13.00 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.10

MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Remaining Round 2 Matchups:
Heat 7: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 8: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 10: Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Heat 12: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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