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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Flies To The Top Of The Box-Office

by Paul Heath

Mana Massoud is Aladdin and Will Smith is Genie in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie. Credit: Disney

Disney’s Aladdin took cinema-goers to the top of the box-office in its opening weekend.

The live action adventure starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud beat Paramount’s Rocketman and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets 2 to take the UK box office crown with a weekend total of £5.73m. The film also opened at number one in the US box office. The film is director Guy Ritchie’s biggest ever UK and US opening weekends.

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, Aladdin is written by John August (Dark Shadows, Big Fish) and Ritchie based on Disney’s Aladdin. The film stars Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (Legion) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (The Great Wall) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

Related: Aladdin review

Image: Paramount Pictures.

Rocketman, the film based on the life and career of Sir Elton John, scored £5.04 million across the UK coming off rave reviews from Cannes and critics across the country. It opened at the number two spot at the British box-office. The Secret Life Of Pets 2 made the three spot with £3.2 million.

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