Aladdin soars, but Booksmart barely passes at US box office


Over 7,000 people rated the film to give it a 93%. 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. A surprise for many, however, was Booksmart, an Annapurna film distributed by United Artists Releasing, which debuted in sixth with only 6.5 million dollars, despite excellent reviews and steady buzz from its SXSW film festival debut. Long Shot, 1.6 million dollars (788,000 dollars international). 1. 8. Advertising

4. You can trust that people giving you the score actually sat through the movie,” Taff said. Popular Photos

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Aladdin has already earned over 207 million dollars globally. 9. It expands to New York next week. The Intruder, 2.3 million dollars. The top few spots at the holiday box office were populated by known brands and sequels. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, 24.4 million dollars (24.8 million dollars international). And the target 17-34 age group gave a more favorable exit score (an A) than audiences overall, who gave it a B+. The Hustle, 3.8 million dollars (4.6 million dollars international). Aladdin, 86.1 million dollars (121 million dollars international). Pokémon Detective Pikachu, 13.3 million million dollars (24.3 million dollars international). “We’re delighted,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of theatrical distribution. Avengers: Endgame took third with 16.8 million dollars, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu landed in fourth with 13.3 million dollars. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. 6. More Explained

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Wilde saw the writing on the wall Saturday and tried to change the course with a Twitter plea. “People are in a popcorn mood,” Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. Don’t give studios an excuse not to green-light movies made by and about women.”
Those who did make it to Booksmart were mostly women (61 and under the age of 35 (74%). 0
Comment(s) Many compared it to Superbad, which opened in August 2007 to 33 million dollars. The studio also got another metric with the newly launched verified Rotten Tomatoes audience rating. Although in line with studio expectations going into the weekend, some had thought that this would be a summer breakout hit. A Dog’s Journey, 4.1 million dollars (6.5 million dollars international). Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday. 7. Avengers: Endgame, 16.8 million dollars (15.3 million dollars international). “We couldn’t ask for a better barometer of fan reception.”
With an international gross of 121 million dollars, Aladdin has already earned over 207 million dollars globally. Booksmart, 6.5 million dollars. Aladdin did better than expected, grossing an estimated 86.1 million dollars to take the top spot at the North American box office, according to studio estimates on Sunday. 5. (Disney via AP)
Original films are struggling to attract significant audiences at the moment. The others didn’t even break 10 million dollars. 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. Advertising

But the strategy didn’t quite work. 3. “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.”

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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. “We are getting creamed by the big dogs out there and need your support. Brightburn, 7.5 million dollars (4.5 million dollars international). and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. “Anyone out there saving @Booksmart for another day, consider making that day TODAY,” Wilde wrote. 10. Sony’s modestly budgeted horror movie Brightburn opened in fifth with 7.5 million dollars. 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. 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. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. The James Gunn-produced film starring Elizabeth Banks puts a sinister spin on the Superman myth and has received mediocre reviews from critics. It’ll likely pass 100 million dollars by Monday. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, now in its second weekend, placed second with 24.4 million dollars. 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. “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. It cost a reported 183 million dollars to produce. “I’m so pleased that Rotten Tomatoes launched this, it means people bought the ticket. 2.