LOS ANGELES, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Disney's live-action fantasy film "Aladdin" dominated North American box office with a 3-day 86.1 million U.S. dollars in its opening weekend.
"Aladdin" is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated classic of the same name, which was based on one of the best known Middle-Eastern folk tales in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.
The film follows Aladdin, a charming street rat, who retrieves a magic lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave and must use it to win over the beautiful and self-determined Princess Jasmine.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine.
Internationally the film earned 121 million dollars for the 3-days and thus had an estimated global opening through Sunday of 207.1 million dollars, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.
According to Comscore's PostTrak General Audience Survey, a solid 67 percent of patrons said they would "definitely recommend" the film to their friends. Notably, 39 percent said "It's Part of A Franchise I like" was their primary reason for seeing the film - This is a high percentage for this category and reflects audience's love for the "Aladdin" brand and the characters in the film.
The film also enjoyed a positive "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences but received mixed reviews from critics with an approval rating of only 57 percent on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Lionsgate's action film "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" moved to the second place with an estimated 24.35 million dollars in its second weekend, pushing its North American total to 100.98 million dollars.
Directed by Chad Stahelski and starring Keanu Reeves as the titular character, the film is the third installment in the "John Wick" franchise. The plot follows super-assassin John Wick who returns with a 14-million-dollar price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail.
Disney and Marvel's superhero film "Avengers: Endgame" came in third with an estimated 16.84 million dollars in its fifth weekend. The film has earned 2.67 billion dollars through Sunday worldwide. It's already the second biggest global release of all-time, just behind James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi film "Avatar," which brought in 2.8 billion dollars worldwide.
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, "Avengers: Endgame" is a film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers. It's the 22nd installment of the Marvel Universe franchise and purported to be the last with this star lineup. The film follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies who work to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War.
Warner Bros.' animated film "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" landed in fourth with an estimated 13.3 million dollars in its third weekend for a North American total of 116.12 million dollars.
The film is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, Chinese-owned Legendary Pictures and The Pokemon Company, in association with Japan's Toho Co., Ltd. in a joint venture production. Based on the Pokemon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and the 2016 video game Detective Pikachu, the film is the first live-action adaptation in the franchise. Directed by Rob Letterman, the film features the voice of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu.
Sony's horror film "Brightburn" opened in fifth place with an estimated 7.53 million dollars through Sunday. Directed by David Yarovesky, the film follows an alien child who lands on earth and realizes he has super powers.