Will Smith is no doubt a very happy man at the moment. His latest film “Aladdin” has become the highest-grossing of his career, even surpassing his 1996 hit movie “Independence Day.”
The elated actor who couldn’t withhold his joy took to his Instagram account on Thursday and thanked fans for the achievement.
It reads, “This is a post that I’m humbled and honored to make right now,” he said. “Currently, ‘Aladdin’ has surpassed ‘Independence Day’ as the highest-grossing film of my entire career. And to be in this game as long as I have been and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to simply say thank you.”
According to a series of reports published on Sunday, the Disney live-action film made $874.2 million globally, compared to “Independence Day,” which is estimated around $817.4 million.
However, in the United States, the move numbers backslid for “Independence Day,” which made $306.2 million. Meanwhile, “Aladdin” pulled in $305.9 million domestically. To date, Smith’s highest-earning film in the U.S. is 2016’s “Suicide Squad” at $325.1 million.
Currently, the five countries where “Aladdin” grossed the most include the UK at $42.8 million, Korea at $60.2 million, Mexico at $32.1 million, Japan at $66.6 million and China at $53.3 million.
After the actor appreciated his fans, they replied in large numbers.
“You more than deserve it! You’re one of the best!!! Love all your movies!!” someone replied the post on IG.
Another person commented “It was a great movie; I saw it twice in theaters!! Probably my favorite live-action remake of Disney so far.”
Of course, those remarks were far different from what many had said prior to last year when Smith’s was seen as Genie on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Some clowned him for the character’s hairdo and others for his costume.
The latest version – which is an adaptation of an animated 1992 release – screened in the U.S. on May 24. And on the weekend ending June 30, “Aladdin” took the No. 4 position behind the films Toy Story 4,” “Annabelle Comes Home,” and “Yesterday.”