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Disney’s lucrative remake production line rolls on

‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010) movie poster/AFP

LOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 14 – In the early 1990s, Disney began scouring its back catalog for animated classics that it could turn into live-action remakes – a strategy that has so far netted more than $7 billion.

The latest offering, “The Lion King,” which uses live-action filmmaking techniques to create photo-realistic graphics, hits theaters on Friday.

Here is a list of the company’s big-screen live-action remakes — which doesn’t include straight-to-video releases or sequels of remakes — and their total box office take:

“Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book” – 1994
(based on “The Jungle Book” – 1967)

$43.2 million

“101 Dalmatians” – 1996
(“One Hundred and One Dalmatians” – 1961)

$321 million

“Alice in Wonderland” – 2010
(“Alice in Wonderland” – 1951)

$1 billion

“Maleficent” – 2014
(“Sleeping Beauty” – 1959)

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$759 million

“Cinderella” – 2015
(“Cinderella” – 1950)

$544 million

“The Jungle Book” – 2016
(“The Jungle Book” – 1967)

$967 million

“Pete’s Dragon” – 2016
(“Pete’s Dragon” – 1977*)

$144 million

“Beauty and the Beast” – 2017
(“Beauty and the Beast” – 1991)

$1.3 billion

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“Dumbo” – 2019
(“Dumbo” – 1941)

$352 million

“Aladdin” – 2019
(“Aladdin” – 1992)

$926 million


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