Memorial Day Box Office Report: ‘Aladdin’, ‘John Wick’ Dominate Holiday Weekend

Three-day weekends in the United States are always interesting for Box Office Reports, and this 2019 Memorial Day weekend really proves that.

Among the top grossers we’ve got a strong showing for Disney with Guy Ritchie‘s live-action Aladdin at $90 million (per Box Office Mojo’s numbers), Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum with $24.6 million, Disney / Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame with $17.2 million, Legendary / Warner Bros. Pictures Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with $13.3 million, Screen Gem’s anti-superhero Brightburn with $7.8 million, and Olivia Wilde‘s directorial debut Booksmart with a modest $6.9 million.

Aladdin Projected to Open at $70-$90M Plus 3 TV Spot and a New Poster

Aladdin now has the biggest opening for a Disney live-action remake, a distinction that perhaps Jon Favreau is hoping to nab when his Lion King hits this summer. There is also the interesting factoid that Rotten Tomatoes, who just changed their site to now only count audience scores from verified ticket holders, has this film at a whopping 58% for critics and 93% for audience members, making it yet another divisive film.

John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum is the franchise’s strongest opening, and news of a 4th chapter was announced during it’s opening weekend.

As Tickets Go Sale 2 New Avengers: Endgame Posters Appear Online

The theory was that maybe, MAYBE, Endgame would make enough over the three-day weekend to slide into the top all time grossing spot held by James Cameron‘s Avatar, which still holds at $2.7 BILLION, with Avengers coming on their left at $2.6 billion.

[CinemaCon 2019] New Standee and Poster for Dective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu seems to be holding, as it was one of the alternative family titles available for audiences this weekend.

New Extended Trailer for Brightburn Teases New Footage Plus a New Poster

Brightburn has the distinction of being a Gunn Family affair with Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn in the producing chair, with his brother Mark Gunn and cousin Brian Gunn penning the script. David Yarovesky directed.

First-Time Director Olivia Wilde Compares 'Booksmart' to Classic 80s Teen Films
Photo courtesy of annapurna pictures

Booksmart is really the surprise title here, as Wilde’s coming-of-age high school film doesn’t have the same blockbuster advertising and treatment behind it. What it DOES have though it heart, a fabulous cast, and a slot on our modern teen classics list.

Did you see any of the above films over the weekend?

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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