‘Aladdin,’ ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,’ ‘Shaft’ Set for China Debuts

Disney’s new live-action “Aladdin” will release in China on May 24, day-and-date with North America, giving the studio a run of three films in Chinese theaters as many months.

Two other Hollywood titles will also hit the big screen in the Middle Kingdom in the coming months: “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” on May 10 and the Samuel L. Jackson-starring action comedy “Shaft” on June 14, both also day-and-date with the U.S.

Jackson is quite popular in China, and starred in last month’s “Captain Marvel,” which made $154 million in the country. “Pikachu” stars the voice of Ryan Reynolds, familiar to Marvel-mad Chinese audiences as the superhero Deadpool, whose PG-13 rated film “Once Upon a Deadpool” got a surprise China release in January and made $42.5 million.

Aladdin” is the 12th live-action remake based on a beloved animated Disney classic. It is directed by Guy Ritchie, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and
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