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Aladdin casts box office spell

Image copyright Disney Image caption Aladdin stars Naomi Scott and Mena Massou Aladdin still has the magic according to cinema-goers who turned out in their droves for the first weekend of Disneys live-action remake.

Guy Ritchies take on the 1992 movie brought in more than $86m (£68m) in its first three days in North America.The film, released on the USs four-day Memorial Day weekend, is expected to earn $105m (£83m) when Mondays ticket sales are included.This would go well beyond earlier estimates of about $80 million (£63m).

How Disney found its leading Aladdin charactersDisney remakes and the power of nostalgiaThe new version features Will Smith in the role of the blue Genie - formerly voiced by the late Robin Williams - and the Egyptian-born Canadian actor Mena Massoud as the wily charmer who pretends to be a prince to catch the attention of Jasmine, portrayed by Naomi Scott.

This time last year, Disney was reeling from a disappointing opening for Solo: A Star Wars Story, but with the Genies help the company says it has raced ahead of opening weekend sales in the UK for both the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, and The Secret Life of Pets 2. Image copyright Reuters Image caption (L-R) Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Guy Ritchie, Alan Menken, Will Smith and Navid Negahban attend the world premiere of Aladdin in Los Angeles Speaking on the red carpet at last weeks world premiere in Los Angeles, Smith told Variety about some of the main challenges they had in making the new version a success.

Being able to find a way to not make it jarring and disturbing by how different it would be, he said.To make people feel at home while they were getting something new and special.Better than expected It seems that Aladdin has exceeded most critics expectations after a raft of mixed reviews.The Guardian gave it two out of five stars, claiming that Aladdin cant put the genie back in the bottle, and that it fails to capture the magic.

The Independent, however, went for four stars, describing it as a rip-roaring, matinee-style spectacle that turns out far better than expected.What could have been a cynical exercise in repackaging an old hit turns out to be an invigorating ride with lively performances, flamboyant musical numbers and clever special effects, it adds.

.The Telegraph bridged the gap by opting for three stars, saying: If you thought that Guy Ritchie would bring no small amount of grit to the fairy-tale world.....

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