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Box Office Report For May 24-26

Happy Memorial Day to you all! Hopefully you’re enjoying your long weekend. Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each and every Sunday, you can expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, another in the endless line of live action Disney remakes hits theaters in Aladdin, joined by a horror film in Brightburn, as well as one of the best reviewed movies of 2019 in the comedy Booksmart. How did they all do? Let us take a look right now at just that…

Taking the top spot was Aladdin, which unsurprisingly led the way. Taking in about $86.1 million, it really flexed its muscles. Disney has to be very pleased here. They have bigger sights set even with The Lion King later on this year, but this classic animated flick definitely seemed to translate to live action. Expect decent legs in the weeks to come.

Moving down to number two was last week’s champion, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Dropping over 50% to $24.3 million, it still got to the $100 million mark domestically, something neither of the previous two installments were able to achieve. Suffice to say, a fourth adventure is coming, likely with even high financial sights in its mindset.

Coming in at number three, Avengers: Endgame approached some more milestones with a $16.8 million addition to its coffers. In the next day or so, it will cross $800 million domestically, the second film ever to do so. Globally, Marvel’s smash is only about $110 million away from passing Avatar for the worldwide title of biggest movie ever. That will be the narrative to follow in the weeks and months ahead…

Down at number five was Brightburn. A $7.5 million haul is disappointing, but considering that’s more than the film’s budget, producer James Gunn and company may not be shaking their fists all that much. Frankly, this seems like a movie destined to play better on cable in the near future.

Sadly, Booksmart could only muster up about $6.5 million, putting it in sixth place. The film had terrific reviews and is 2019’s best overall work, but the buzz did not translate into audience members. Perhaps the better play would hav been a platform release, as opposed to going wide?

Among indie/smaller debuts, Echo in the Canyon played on just a pair of screens and made slightly over 100K, while on the flip side India’s Most Wanted made exactly 100K from 110 screens. The Tomorrow Man opened on four screens and took in about 19K, while The Proposal made a little over 12K from a single screen in New York City…

Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. Aladdin – $86,100,000

2. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – $24,350,000

3. Avengers: Endgame – $16,841,000

4. Pokemon Detective Pikachu – $13,300,000

5. Brightburn – $7,535,000

6. Booksmart – $6,512,154

7. A Dog’s Journey – $4,090,000

8. The Hustle – $3,812,554

9. The Intruder – $2,265,000

10. Long Shot – $1,565,000

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Dumbo – $1,046,000

12. The Sun Is Also a Star – $775,000

13. Poms – $660,000

14. Uglydolls – $610,000

15. Biggest Little Farm – $492,350

16. The Curse of La Llorona – $435,000

17. Breakthrough – $369,000

18. Captain Marvel – $359,000

19. The White Crow – $357,361

20. Shazam! – $268,000

21. Tolkien – $147,000

22. Amazing Grace – $145,200

23. Little – $142,000

24. The Souvenir – $141,496

25. All Is True – $138,207

Until next weekend, and once again, enjoy your Memorial Day!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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