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Movie Details

Director
Guy Ritchie
Release Date
22 May 2019
Genres
Adventure, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Actors
Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Alan Tudyk, Frank Welker, Numan Acar, Robby Haynes

Another remake

The studio’s live-action adaptations of classic animated titles have historically overperformed at the box office. Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book pulled in $103.2 million over its opening weekend in 2016. While the Emma Watson-starring Beauty and the Beast took in $174.7 million when it premiered in 2017. Those films went on to earn $364 million and $504 million in domestic ticket sales, respectively.

Disney’s currently enjoying quite a bit of success from Avengers: Endgame. Unfortunately they’re also looking ahead to live-action adaptations of their classic animated tales. First up is Guy Ritchie‘s Aladdin, a new, kinetic take on the 1992 story that followed the title street rat on his quest to find a magical lamp. Become a prince, and win the heart of Princess Jasmine. And Insight Editions has a new art and making-of book that goes behind the scenes to show off the production (and story changes) in stunning detail.

True story

We shared the first look at the book and the movie itself just last month, but now that Insight Editions’ “The Art and Making of Aladdin” is available to buy. We wanted to bring you an in-depth review. Story elements aside. This is a fantastic coffee table book for fans of the story and cinephiles in general because the 150+ pages feature colorful concept art. Incredible shots of the movie’s production and amazing costumes designed by Oscar-nominated Michael Wilkinson and his team. There’s a lot to enjoy here!

Aladdin stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar, and arrives in theaters May 24th.

Aladdin is pegged to come in on the lower end of those bows, but still above 2015’s Cinderella. Which pulled in $67.8 million in its North American launch. And this year, Tim Burton’s Dumbo live-action adaptation opened to $45.9 million stateside in late March.

Aladdin was directed by Guy Ritchie and sees Will Smith starring as Genie, alongside up-and-comers Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud, playing Princess Jasmine and the titular hero, respectively.

Fox and New Regency’s sci-fi feature Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, is also set for a May 24 bow. But the movie did not appear on tracking, indicating that it will not open on that date.

Kingdom of Persia

Guy Ritchie is directing “Aladyn 2019 cały film,” based on the 1992 animated classic about a street rat who sees his wishes granted after freeing a genie from his lamp. The musical film stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Jafar.

Memorial Day weekend marks one of the busiest weekends of the year for moviegoing. So “Aladdin” is hardly the only new wide release. Sony/ Screen Gems and the H Collective’s “Brightburn,” an R-rated superhero horror film. Occurs in the main role Elizabeth Banks is also opening alongside “Booksmart,” a raunchy comedy from first-time director Olivia Wilde, and “Ad Astra,” an astronaut drama with Brad Pitt.

There’s an asterisk next to “Ad Astra,” however. Disney acquired the sci-fi drama after closing its $71 billion merger with Fox. The studio hasn’t done any promotion for the film. It didn’t appear on tracking boards with its fellow weekend releases, so it seems pretty likely that its release date will be moved.

Elsewhere, “Brightburn” is expected to make $10 million to $12 million in its first three days of release. “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn produced the thriller, which centers on an otherworldly child who arrives on Earth with sinister intentions.