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Spider-Man: Far From Home Opens with a Record $185 Million and Wins the Weekend Box Office

Spider-Man: Far From Home

There was no doubt Spider-Man: Far From Home would win the weekend box office. The film had the largest six-day opening ever for a Tuesday release with $185.1 million. The film helped the top 12 films outperform the same weekend last year, the first time in four weeks this has happened.

The film earned about $91 million in its first three days and then topped that over the weekend bringing in another $93.6 million. That’s the 22nd largest six-day performance of all-time. It also earned the largest Tuesday opened day ever and second widest opening ever with 4,634 locations.

Far from Home is outpacing Spider-Man: Homecoming for the six days by over $30 million. It shouldn’t be a surprise the movie is a hit as it earned an “A” CinemaScore from opening crowds and a high rating online. The opening weekend crowd was 60% male and 42% aged 25 or older.

Internationally, the film earned $244 million from 66 markets to bring its overseas total to $395 million so far. Already the movie has earned $580.1 million worldwide off of a $160 million budget.

In second place was Toy Story 4 for its third weekend. The film earned an estimated $34.4 million to bring its domestic total to $306.6 million. Internationally, the film earned over $43 million to bring that total to $343.4 million with a worldwide total of almost $650 million.

Yesterday dipped just 37% to come in third in its second weekend. The film earned an estimated $10.8 million to bring its domestic total to $36.8 million. It also added seven new international markets to bring that total to 35. There it earned nearly $8 million to bring the foreign box office total to over $20 million and a worldwide total of $57 million since opening.

Annabelle Comes Home came in fourth with an estimated $9.8 million. Domestically the film has earned $50.2 million after 12 days. Internationally, the film added over $20 million from 9 markets to bring its overseas total to nearly $85 million. Its worldwide total is $134.8 million so far off of a budget somewhere in the $27-32 million range.

Rounding out the top five was the live-action version f Aladdin which earned an estimated $7.6 million domestically after seven weeks. That total now stands at $320.8 million. Internationally, the film earned $16.2 million for a foreign box office total of $600.9 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $921.7 million so far.

Other comic films…

Avengers: Endgame dropped 49.3% to come in at #9. The movie added $3.1 million to its domestic total to bring that to $847.9 million. The move to re-release the film with an extended scene gave the movie a boost but may not put it over the top of all-time worldwide box office leader of Avatar.

Dark Phoenix came in at #15 with an estimated $439,000 to bring its domestic total to $64.6 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2019, and maybe 2018’s films based on comics.

Toy Story 4 Repeats for the Weekend

Toy Story 4

Without much as far as competition, Toy Story 4 easily took first place again at the weekend box office. The film dropped 52.1% in its second weekend bringing in an estimated $57.9 million. That drop was similar to the second weekend drop of Toy Story 2 which was 51.6% and worse than Toy Story 3 which dropped 46.2%. Those films went on to earn $245.9 million and $415 million domestically (not adjusted for inflation).

Domestically the film has earned $236.9 million. Internationally, the film has earned $259.6 million for a worldwide total of $496.5 million after two weeks. It’s already the fourth highest grossing domestic film of the year.

Annabelle Comes Home was second place with $20.4 million falling very short of the studios’ estimate of $30 million. The third film in the Annabelle series, those films opened with $37 and $35 million. The film did open on Wednesday with a Tuesday preview so all together the film earned $31.2 million for its run so far. The movie has also earned $45 million internationally so far for a worldwide total of $76.2 million.

In third place was Yesterday which earned an estimated $17 million from a $26 million budget. The film overperformed a bit with most thinking it’d earn between $11-14 million. For a summer whose story seems to be movies underperforming, this is a welcome surprise. The $17 million is on the higher side of expectations some projected. The film also has also earned $7.7 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $24.7 million.

Aladdin came in fourth place with $9.3 million to bring its domestic total to $305.9 million. That was right in line with predictions. Add in its $568.3 million at the foreign box office, the film has earned $874.2 million worldwide off of its $183 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was The Secret Life of Pets 2 which earned an estimated $7.1 million. Its domestic total now stands at $131.2 million. That total is higher than the $6 million predicted. Internationally, the film has earned $91.8 million for a worldwide total of $223 million off of an $80 million budget.

In comic movie news…

Avengers: Endgame got a boost expanding into 2,025 locations, an increase of 1,040. The film added an introduction from director Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene, and a sneak peek of Spider-Man: Far From Home. estimates had the film earning $2.5 million. It exceeded that, earning an estimated $5.5 million. That’s an increase of 178.5% from the previous week.

Domestically, the film has earned $841.3 million. Internationally, the film stands at $1.920 billion for a worldwide total of $2.761 billion. The “rerelease” is a ploy to topple Avatar as the top grossing film of all time (though it still wouldn’t be when you take into account inflation). The move has closed the gap though and stands now just $26.7 million away from becoming the “top grossing” film worldwide.

Dark Phoenix continues its slide coming in at #13. The film added $1.7 million to its domestic total bringing that to $63.6 million after four weeks.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations at the box office (and any changes to last year’s).

Toy Story 4 Dominates the Weekend Box Office with a Franchise Record

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 crushed the competition and came in first at the weekend box office. The film opened with an estimated $118 million but fell short of the $140+ million expectation set by the studio. That continues a summer of missed expectation. Still, that’s a franchise-best beating Toy Story 3‘s $110.3 million opening in 2010. It’s the fourth largest animated opening ever and the third largest opening weekend of the year. Disney now has the top four openings of 2019.

The film received an “A” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and doesn’t have any real competition until mid-July when The Lion King opens. The film’s audience was 52% female and 45% of the crowd was aged 25 or older.

Internationally the film brought in $120 million from 37 markets, about 64% of the overall marketplace. The gave it a $238 million worldwide launch.

Child’s Play came in second place with an estimated $14 million. It was expected to earn about $16-18 million before the weekend and Thursday night previews of $1.65 million suggested it might be on the higher end of that. But, with a “C+” Cinemascore, there’s a good chance word of mouth is hurting this one. The audience was 52% male and 61% were over the age of 25.

In third place was Aladdin which earned an estimated $12.2 million bringing its domestic total to $287.5 million. The film also added almost $33 million internationally for a foreign total of $522.6 million and a worldwide total of $810.1 million.

Men in Black International dropped 64% in its second weekend. It brought in $10.8 million to bring the domestic total to $52 million after ten days. Internationally the film added $30 million to bring that total to $129.4 million and $182.1 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was The Secret Life of Pets 2 which dropped 58%. That film earned an estimated $10.3 million. Domestically it has earned $117.6 million. It also added $10.8 million internationally to bring that total to $77.1 million. Worldwide it has earned $194.7 million.

When it comes to comic films…

Dark Phoenix dropped to #9 from last week’s #5. The film earned $3.6 million, a drop of 61.5% as it shed 1,1667 theaters. Domestically, the film has earned $60.2 million after 3 weeks.

Avengers: Endgame came in at #13 earning an estimated $1.9 million after 9 weeks. The film has earned $834.5 million domestically.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s and last year’s comic film adaptations.

Men in Black International and Shaft Both Fail to Meet Expectations as MiB Wins the Weekend

Men in Black International

It was a bad weekend at the box office as Men in Black International and Shaft didn’t come close to even the lowest expectations. The weekend was down

Men in Black International opened with $28.5 million which is the lowest opening for the franchise by over $20 million. All three previous films opened with over $51 million. The film received a “B” CinemaScore and middling to negative reviews. The audience was 56% male and 53% aged 25 or older.

The film brought in $73.7 million from 36 markets to bring the global debut to $102 million.

With a budget of $110 million, the opening isn’t a complete disaster. The film has also earned a reported $75 million from brand deals so when added into the earnings the film will likely eke out a small profit by the time it’s all done. But, the franchise definitely doesn’t have the juice it once did.

In second place was The Secret Life of Pets 2 which dropped 49% in its second weekend to bring in an estimated $23.8 million. Domestically, the film has earned $92 million after ten days. Internationally, the film added $8.5 million for an international total of $62.5 million and an international total of $154.5 million.

Aladdin held steady in third place with an estimated $16.7 million to bring its domestic total to $263.4 million. Internationally, the film added an estimated $47.5 million for a foreign box office total of $461.4 million and a worldwide total of $724.8 million. After four weeks the film is third domestically and internationally for the year.

Dark Phoenix dropped hard to fourth place tumbling 72.6% and earning an estimated $9 million. That’s the second largest weekend drop for a film playing in over 3,500 theaters in the second weekend. The film has now earned $51.8 million domestically. The film added $24.2 million internationally bringing that total to $152.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $204.3 million. With a $200 million budget, the film has just barely passed it in grosses after two weeks.

Rounding out the top five was Rocketman which added $8.8 million to bring its domestic total to $66.1 million. It also added $8.5 million internationally to bring its worldwide total to over $133 million.

Just outside the top five was Shaft which came in sixth place. The film was expected to earn $15 million but could only scrape together $8.3 million. The opening day audience did give the film an “A” CinemaScore. The audience was also 54% female and 84% aged 25 years or older.

In other comic film results…

Avengers: Endgame came in at #11 earning an estimated $3.5 million domestically to bring that number to $830.5 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year, and last year’s, comic film adaptations.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Dark Phoenix Top the Weekend Box Office but Both Fall Short

The Secret Life of Pets 2

While the weekend box office did better than the previous year by more than 43%, the top two films both fell short.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 topped the weekend earning an estimated $47.1 million. It opened with the second widest opening ever with 4,561 locations. The widest ever is Avengers: Endgame. That $47.1 million is half of the earnings of the original film’s $104.3 million in 2016. The studio had hoped for a $50 million opening.

The film did receive an “A-” CinemaScore from an opening crowd that was 57% female and 62% being family moviegoers.

Internationally, the film has been playing for two weeks and added 21 markets. From its 30 markets, the film earned $16 million It has numerous countries to still open through AUgust including Australia, Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, and Mexico.

In second place was Dark Phoenix which sowed death and destruction in its $33 million opening. It’s the first X-film to not even open with $50 million. The studio had a projection of $40-$50 million and the film couldn’t even do that. X-Men: Apocalypse opened three years ago to $65.7 million.

The film received a “B-” CinemaScore. Apocalypse received an “A-” score and that went on to earn $155.4 million domestically and $543.9 million worldwide. Dark Phoenix may struggle to reach $100 million domestically.

Things were a bit better internationally. The film opened in all markets except Japan and earned an estimated $107 million. It opens in Japan on June 21.

The film reportedly cost $200 million to make and has very mixed reviews with a 23% from citics and 64% from the audience on RottenTomatoes, 6/10 on IMDB, 43% on Metacritic, and 74% of Google users liking it.

There is a chance that audiences are ignoring the film partially due to the mixed reviews but also with the impending reboot now that Disney has bought Fox and absorbed the X-Men franchise.

Aladdin took third place with an estimated $34.5 million. Domestically it has earned $232.4 million and internationally the film is up to $604.9 million worldwide. The live action remake beats the original animated film in every way, which earned $217.4 million domestically, $286.7 million internationally, and $504.1 million worldwide.

In fourth place was Godzilla: King of the Monsters which saw a monstrous drop of 67.5% from the previous weekend. It earned an estimated $15.5 million in its second week. The original film in 2014 dropped 67% so this is seeing a similar play out. If that’s holds, King of the Monsters should earn about $100 million domestically. It opened around half of the original and the original earned about $200 million. Internationally, the film brought in $47.1 million to bring that total to $213.7 million and $292.3 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Rocketman which earned an estimated $14 million domestically and $13 million internationally. It now has crossed the $100 million mark after ten days with $101.8 million worldwide.

In other comic releases…

Avengers: Endgame dropped two spots to #8 earning an estimated $4.8 million. Domestically, the film stands at $824.4 million.

Captain Marvel dropped one spot from the precious week coming in at #21. The film added $156,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $426.4 million after 14 weeks.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year and last year’s comic films.

Godzilla is King of the Box Office

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters topped the weekend box office, though came in at the lower end of studio expectations. Rocketman and Ma both beat their studio’s expectations in their debuts.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted with an estimated $49 million. The film had expectations to earn $50-55 million and was short of the $93.2 million opening for the 2014 reboot and Kong: Skull Island’s $61 million in 2017. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore from opening audiences which was 67% male and 59% were aged 25 or older.

Internationally, the Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted in 75 markets with $140 million for a worldwide debut over $179 million. That’s a bit over the film’s reported budget of $170 million.

Aladdin dropped to second in its second week with an estimated $42.3 million to bring its domestic total to $185 million. It also added $78.3 million internationally to bring that total to $261 million and a global total around $446 million.

Rocketman debuted in third place with an estimated $25 million. The film was expected to earn around $18-20 million so this is well ahead of expectations. Audiences gave it an “A-” CinemaScore with a crowd that was 51% female and 55% of the crowd aged 30 or older. The film is in its second week internationally adding 39 new openings and earning $19.2 million for an international total of $31.2 million.

In fourth place was Ma which earned an estimated $18.2 million. With just a $5 million budget, that’s a solid opening. The film received a “B-” CinemaScore with an audience that was 53% female and 53$ aged 25 or older. African Americans made up 36% of the audience, a majority. The film also earned $2.8 million internationally from 31 markets.

John Wick: Chapter 3 rounded out the top five with an estimated $11.1 million to bring its domestic total to $125.8 million. The film also earned an estimated $12.7 million internationally from 77 markets to bring that total to $95.9 million.

And, when it comes to comic related films…

Avengers: Endgame came in at #6 and added $6.7 million to its total to bring it to $815.5 million domestically. The film has now earned $2.713 billion. That puts it just $75 million shy of the all time record holder Avatar which earned $2.788 billion.

Captain Marvel slipped just one spot to #18. It added an estimated $170,000 to its domestic total and bringing it to $426.2 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper look at 2018 and 2019’s comic releases.

Diamond and Beast Kingdom Present New Previews Exclusive Disney Figures

How do Disney’s heroes – like Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Simba – always manage to solve the biggest mysteries and save the day? With a little help from their trusted friends, of course! Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors have once again partnered to bring fans the latest in the range of PREVIEWS Exclusive Mini Egg Attack figures: Disney’s Best Friends series!

AbuAladdin’s trusted, loyal, and mischievous monkey is always finding new ways to get into trouble but is unwaveringly devoted to his best friend. He may be attracted to jewels, but in times of need he will fly the magic carpet straight to Aladdin’s side.

Join Tinkerbell, the sassy, feisty, yet lovable fairy as she flies across the sky, spreading fairy dust, joy and saving Peter Pan from the evil clutches of Captain Hook!

Tag along with Timon and Pumbaa as they sing Hakuna Matata to Simba, washing away his worries for the rest of his days with a detailed miniature statue.

The Mini Egg Attack Friend series may be small in size, but it has more than enough heart to spare, finished off with cute, yet meticulous designs.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Disney Best Friends MEA-010 Abu (APR198569; SRP $12.99), Tinkerbell (APR198572; SRP $12.99), Timon (APR198571; SRP $12.99), and Pumbaa (APR198570; SRP $12.99) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of February 26, 2020.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is this Summer’s Most Anticipated Film

Fandango has revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Summer Movies Survey, in which Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home (the first Marvel Cinematic Universe entry since the game-changing Avengers: Endgame) was voted the most anticipated blockbuster of the summer.

The poll included more than 2,000 fans on Fandango who were asked to vote for movies they planned to see on the big screen between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Moviegoers named Disney’s The Lion King and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 as the most anticipated family films, with Disney’s Aladdin, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold following closely behind.

Fans voted for Chris Hemsworth (Men in Black: International), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far from Home), plus Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far from Home), Sophie Turner (Dark Phoenix) and Tessa Thompson (Men in Black: International) as the most anticipated actors in summer movies. Richard Madden (Rocketman) and Naomi Scott (Aladdin) were selected as the hottest rising stars in the movies, while Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw bad guy Idris Elba was picked as top summer movie villain.

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top picks for the summer:

Most Anticipated Summer Blockbuster:

  1. “Spider-Man: Far from Home
  2. “Rocketman”
  3. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
  4. “Dark Phoenix”
  5.  “The Lion King”
  6. “Toy Story 4”
  7. “Men in Black: International”
  8. “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
  9. “Aladdin”
  10. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Most Anticipated Family Film:

  1. “The Lion King”
  2. “Toy Story 4”
  3. “Aladdin”
  4. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”
  5. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”

Most Anticipated Live-Action Comedy:

  1. “Booksmart”
  2. “Yesterday”
  3. “Late Night”
  4. “Good Boys”
  5. “Stuber”

Most Anticipated Movie Musical:

  1. “Rocketman”
  2. “The Lion King”
  3. “Aladdin”
  4. “Yesterday”
  5. “Blinded by the Light”

Most Anticipated Actress:

  1. Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)
  2. Sophie Turner (“Dark Phoenix”)
  3. Tessa Thompson (“Men in Black: International”)
  4. Margot Robbie (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  5. Jessica Chastain (“Dark Phoenix”)

Most Anticipated Actor:

  1. Chris Hemsworth (“Men in Black: International”)
  2. Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  3. Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)
  4. Dwayne Johnson (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)

Most Anticipated Male Rising Star:

  1. Richard Madden (“Rocketman”)
  2. O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”)
  3. Mena Massoud (“Aladdin”)
  4. Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”)
  5. Mason Gooding (“Booksmart”)

Most Anticipated Female Rising Star:

  1. Naomi Scott (“Aladdin”)
  2. Millie Bobby Brown (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”)
  3. Alexandra Shipp (“Shaft,” “Dark Phoenix”)
  4. Vanessa Kirby (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  5. Billie Lourd (“Booksmart”)

Most Anticipated Voiceover Performance:

  1. Tom Hanks (as Woody in “Toy Story 4”)
  2. Harrison Ford (as Rooster in “The Secret Life of Pets 2”)
  3. Donald Glover (as Simba in “The Lion King”)
  4. Alan Tudyk (as Iago in “Aladdin”)
  5. Mark Hamill (as Chucky in “Child’s Play”)

Most Anticipated Villain:

  1. Idris Elba (as Brixton in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  2. Jessica Chastain (in “Dark Phoenix”)
  3. Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Scar in “The Lion King”)
  4. Octavia Spencer (as Sue Ann in “Ma”)
  5. Mark Hamill (as Chucky in “Child’s Play”)

Disney’s Aladdin Takes Off at the Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

Aladdin

Disney’s Aladdin was the top film of the weekend box office earning an estimated $86.1 million. The film is expected to do somewhere around $105 million for the four-day weekend though some predict it’ll be over $110 million. The film received an “A” CinemaScore from opening audiences. The crowd was 54% female and 54% age 25 or older.

The film also debuted internationally in every major market other than Japan (it opens there June 7). It earned an estimated $121 million to bring its weekend total to $207.1 million.

Aladdin bumped John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum to second place where it earned an estimated $24.4 million. It’s expected to be a bit over $30 million for the four-day weekend. It has earned over $100 million after ten days of release. It’s already the highest grossing film of the franchise so there shouldn’t be a surprise we’re getting a fourth film in two years exactly as we predicted. Internationally, the film earned an estimated $24.8 million to bring that total to $74.4 million for a worldwide total over $175 million.

In third place was Avengers: Endgame which added an estimated $16.8 million domestically over the three days and will be around $22 million for the four day holiday. The film crossed $800 million domestically, only the second to do so. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first. Internationally, the film added $15.3 million from 54 markets. It’s now about $111 million behind Avatar to become the highest grossing film worldwide of all time.

In fourth place was Pokemon: Detective Pikachu which added $13.3 million over the weekend to bring its domestic total to $116.1 million. It’s expected to earn about $17.5 million over the four days. Internationally, the film added $24.3 million from 72 markets to its total to bring that to $236 million.

Brightburn debuted in fifth place with an estimated $7.5 million for the three days which is a bit under the $8 million expectation. It’ll earn around $9 million for the four day weekend. While the film received a “C+” CinemaScore and played to an audience 58% male and 64% age 25 and older, the film is already a success with a budget of just $6 million. Internationally, the film brought in $4.5 million from 50 markets. In one weekend it’ll have about double its budget.

In other comic film news…

Captain Marvel came in at #18 adding an estimated $359,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $425.8 million.

Shazam! still charted coming in at #20 with an estimated $268,000 adding to its domestic total. That now stands at $138.5 million.

Movie Review: Aladdin

Aladdin 2019

“I can show you the world…” In a world where such classic animated films exist, it’s a relevant question to ask what you get from simply remaking something as beloved and classic and Disney’s 1992 Aladdin. With Director Guy Ritchie on board and Will Smith taking the place as the iconic blue genie, can they deliver something worthwhile?

Yes. Yes they can.

The remake updates the not-so-old film in a lot of ways. In fact, this film is so not-so-old that I can remember seeing it opening weekend at the old Scera Theater in Orem, Utah amid a massive throng of children and hearing those opening words of “Arabian Nights” describing its setting as “where they cut off your ears if they don’t like your face– it’s barbaric, but, hey, it’s home.” This line was almost immediately redubbed and scrubbed from future soundtrack and home video releases to something that didn’t imply that Arabs are barbaric, so it’s not like Aladdin hasn’t needed some brushing up from day 1.

But perhaps what is most refreshing is its elevation of Princess Jasmine to, arguably, the main character of the film. While Aladdin still goes through his growth and character journey, so too does Jasmine grapple with her place in a patriarchal kingdom where she feels she is actually the most qualified person to rule. She’s not wrong, and Jasmine basically is coming for Elsa as the most overtly feminist member of the Disney pantheon. A new song added for the film, “Speechless,” is performed to perfection by Naomi Scott. If this song isn’t nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars, I’ll eat a DVD of Aladdin.

[Minor spoiler ahead, skip to next paragraph if you don’t want to know] One of the most interesting ways they updated this and cranked the feminism up to 11 is a single line delivered by Aladdin in a new scene immediately post the “A Whole New World” magic carpet ride. Looking down at Agrabah, Jasmine talks about wanting to help all of the city’s residents. She wants to be listened to and help rule because she knows she can do a better job than anyone else. She turns to Prince Ali for his opinion, and he delivers one of the most astounding and wonderful lines of any film this year: “Why does it matter what I think?” Her self worth isn’t bound up in his approval, and he knows it. Aladdin: secret feminist ally? You read it here first.

But what so many people actually want to talk about is Genie and Will Smith. He’s actually pretty good, especially when they let him be charming and do his own thing. When he’s going through the motions of trying to deliver on the beloved performance of Robin Williams, it’s just really hard to do that. Smith does his best, and the results are decent. But most of Smith’s best moments are when he is in a human-esque form incognito in the palace. He has (limited) agency, desires, and even a romantic subplot to himself? (With the incredibly charming Nasim Pedrad from SNL who plays one of Jasmine’s handmaids and is almost worth the price of admission herself.)

Ritchie’s directing here is crisp and workmanlike, but eschews so much of the visual style and kineticism some of his other films have. That means “One Jump” becomes a parkour-inspired mini-heist of sorts, but most of the musical numbers can’t quite compete with the originals. The direction is similar to Ritchie’s recent The Man from UNCLE in that he doesn’t leave a lot of fingerprints, but the end result is pretty fun. An added dance scene that is straight out of Bollywood is particularly fun and a great bonus.

Still, there are a few moments that land a little poorly. This seems largely due to wanting to keep Smith caged and closely working on aping Williams. The genius of Robin Williams was they just let him riff in the sound booth and then animated around the fun he brought to the script. So some of the things are a little cringey, but it’s likely to make parents roll their eyes as they fondly remember The Fresh Prince and the animated original Aladdin, but that kids will enjoy.

So why remake a classic? This brings a fresh feminist take to a movie that didn’t need a ton of updating, so it’s just the right touch. And while Will Smith isn’t Robin Williams, he’s still immensely watchable but is outshined by the excellent leads playing Aladdin and especially Jasmine. Take your family and experience a whole new world of what Aladdin can be.

Rating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

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