‘Aladdin’ dominates Asia, LatAm, casts $256m spell over global box office (update)

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MAY 28 UPDATE: A straight run of number one debuts across all of Asia and Latin America and most of Europe drove Disney’s Aladdin to outperform Cinderella across the regions as it flew to $123.2m internationally, rising to $139m including Monday, and $255.8m worldwide by Tuesday morning.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum became the highest global performer in the franchise at the weekend, and Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame will become only the second film ever to cross $800m in North America on Monday.

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UPDATED: Box office for Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin increased on Saturday and Sunday from the weekday launches, demonstrating strong family appeal for the Will Smith vehicle (he plays the genie) heading into the week. China led the way on $19m over three days (rising to $21.8m including Monday) to rule an otherwise soft session in the territory.

In the UK Aladdin dominated on $9m heading into the week-long school holiday and has reached $12.1m including Monday. That was more than enough to beat Rocketman into second place on an estimated $6.4m, (as of Tuesday it stood at $8.6m) after Paramount launched the Elton John biopic in 707 theatres on 1,284 screens for the studio’s widest release, as well as the widest for a 15-rated film. Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life Of Pets 2 arrived in third in the UK on an estimated $4.1m. In both cases, the UK was the first and only international market to open this weekend for Rocketman and The Secret Life Of Pets 2.

Aladdin is tracking ahead of Jungle Book and Cinderella in Latin America, and tracks very close to Maleficent for the same bucket of markets at current rates. Mexico is the region’s top performer on $8.9m over three days ($10.1m including Monday), and delivered the second best May debut of all time with 65% market share. Brazil produced $4.7m ($5.2m).

In Europe, the fantasy adventure tracks ahead of Maleficent and Cinderella for the same suite of territories at current rates, led by the UK, then Italy on $7.4m ($8.2m), where it produced the second best opening weekend of the year-to-date behind Avengers: Endgame. Aladdin achieved the same accolade in Spain, where it opened on $4.9m ($5.2m), and posted the highest Ramadan opening of all time in the UAE and Jordan.

The $5.5m ($6m) opening weekend in Australia and $3.5m ($4.1m) in Philippines were the third highest debuts so far in 2019. After China, South Korea delivered $6.6m ($7.4m), and Indonesia $5m ($5.8m).

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame added $34.3m worldwide for $2.680bn, and added $17.1m for $1.884bn internationally. It ranks as the highest release of all time across Asia-Pacific on $1.11bn and stands at $629m in China, where it is the third highest release behind Wolf Warrior 2 and The Wandering Earth. It also ranks as the highest release ever across Latin America on $264m, while in Europe it overtook the final Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings instalments to reach $505m and rank as the fifth highest release in the region. Endgame has produced $110m in the UK, where only four films have gone higher.

In North America the superhero smash is on course to cross $800m on Monday and become only the second film to do so after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which finished on $936.7m.

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After 10 days in release, last weekend’s champion John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum on $176m worldwide has overtaken the previous franchise record of $171.5m set by Chapter 2. The latest escapades of Keanu Reeves’ assassin added $24.7m from 74 markets for a $74.8m international running total, and opened at number one in Germany on $3.6m, and at number two in France on $2.1m. The UK remains the top market on $8.1m after two sessions. Chapter 3 opens in Spain and Norway this week. Comedy Long Shot stands at $12.2m.

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UPDATED: Pokemon Detective Pikachu earned $24.7m from 72 markets over the weekend to reach $238.1m, and $355.2m worldwide. As expected, the children’s adaptation is playing well in Asia and once again China led the way, adding $7.5m for $85.1m after three weekends, followed by Japan on $2.2m for $21.2m after four. The UK has delivered $13.7m after three, and Mexico $10.6m after three. Horror tale The Curse Of La Llorona stands at $66.4m internationally and $120.2m worldwide, with Mexico top of the leaderboard on $10.8m, followed by France on $6.8m and Spain on $4.6m.

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The Secret Life Of Pets 2 launched in the UK and opens in Russia, Malaysia and Singapore among others this week. Comedy The Hustle starring Anne Hathaway and Australia’s Rebel Wilson added $3.5m for $31.1m and after three sessions Russia is the leader on $5.6m, followed by Germany on $4.4m, Australia on $3.9m, and the UK on $3.7m.

Cannes Film Festival opening night selection The Dead Don’t Die from Jim Jarmusch has coaxed $1.8m from French audiences in two weekends and is scheduled to open in the UK on July 12.

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