Aladdin Casts a Spell Over Raunchy New Comedy

Will Smith-starrer takes first, crushing other new movies
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2019 11:57 AM CDT
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This image released by Annapurna Pictures shows Beanie Feldstein, left, and Kaitlyn Dever in a scene from the film "Booksmart," directed by Olivia Wilde.   (Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Pictures via AP)

(Newser) – A Middle Eastern folk tale just trounced a raunchy high school comedy at the weekend box office, Variety reports. Aladdin grabbed top spot with a higher-than-expected $86.1 million and will likely hit $105 million by Monday, making it the sixth-highest Memorial Day long weekend grosser ever. Among other new movies, the R-rated Booksmart—which is getting great reviews—took sixth with $6.5 million and the new superhero horror flick Brightburn earned fifth with $7.5 million. Filling out the top five were John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum ($24.4 million), Avengers: Endgame ($16.8 million), and Pokemon Detective Pikachu ($13.3 million), per the AP. (Read more box office stories.)

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