‘Aladdin’ Becomes Will Smith’s Highest-Grossing Movie, Passing 1996’s ‘Independence Day’

While the latest live-action Disney movie may have received mixed reactions from fans and critics alike, the box office for Aladdin has just made it Will Smith’s highest-grossing movie ever. That honor was previously held by Independence Day in 1996.

Smith has become one of the world’s best current actors achieving box office success in movies such as Independence Day, Men In Black, I Am Legend and Bad Boys.

However, his latest project which saw him controversially take on the infamous role of the Genie of the Lamp in Disney’s live-action Aladdin is stomping at the box office which only adds another win to the actor’s record.

A Little Controvery

In the early promotional looks of the movie, Will Smith’s initial reveal as the Genie was met with controversy given how the character’s CG construct disproportioned the actor’s body.

But, despite the controversy surrounding Smith’s casting and appearance as the Genie, the role and movie he appears in has now become the highest-grossing movie in Will Smith’s career having recently passed $824 million worldwide at the box office. This has passed Smith’s original highest-grossing movie Independence Day as the actor’s highest-grossing movie which earned $817.4 million when it was released in 1996.

Smith celebrated the news and achievement with an Instagram post in a video thanking his fans and being in humble adoration of the achievement.

Looking at the Fresh Prince’s career, the impressive list of box office hits now has both Aladdin and Independence Day at the top two spots. With 2015’s Suicide Squad at $746.8 million, 2008’s Hancock at $624.4 million and Men In Black 2 just below it at $624 million closing up the top five movies of his career.

Focusing on the movie in question, Aladdin has been in theatres now for almost six weeks now and yet is still going strong against newer releases such as in-house competition Toy Story 4 and horror movie Child’s Play. However, as the movie is continuing its run in theatres, it is certainly only to strengthen its lead as Will Smith’s highest-grossing movie.

As well as Will Smith, the Guy Ritchie directed Aladdin star Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar.

Aladdin currently remains in theatres everywhere now.