2 Disney live-action remakes that beat the animated originals at the US box office — and 4 that fell short

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  • Disney’s “The Lion King” is just one of many live-action remakes of its animated classics the company is releasing this year.
  • We compared some of Disney’s animated originals to their live-action remakes at the box office after inflation, including the recent “Aladdin” remake.
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Disney’s “The Lion King” remake made $US191 million in the US over the weekend, and has already earned over $US560 million worldwide despite poor reviews from movie critics. It’s not the first, or last, Disney remake to arrive this year.

“Aladdin” arrived in May and has made over $US900 million worldwide so far. A sequel to the “Sleeping Beauty” reimagining, “Maleficent,” comes to theatres in October. And a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” will be included on Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus, when it launches in November.

READ MORE: ‘The Lion King’ was slammed by critics, but audiences didn’t care

Disney has ramped up its live-action remakes in recent years, and they have raked in tons of cash for the company at the box office. “Beauty and the Beast” grossed $US1.2 billion worldwide in 2017.

But the animated classics these movies are inspired by fared rather well, too – at least after inflation.

“The Lion King” still has a tough battle ahead to beat the original at the domestic box office. 1994’s “The Lion King” earned $US672 million in its original theatrical run in the US, after adjusting for inflation.

We’ve gathered six Disney animated classics and their remakes to compare the box-office takes, adjusted for inflation, based on figures from Box Office Mojo. We included the adjusted and original domestic box-office grosses for the movies, the original worldwide take for the live-action remakes, and the production budgets when available.

The animated movies have been rereleased multiple times in theatres over the years, so we based the domestic numbers only on the original release. We excluded movies like “Dumbo” and “Alice in Wonderland” because reliable box-office data wasn’t available.


“Cinderella” (1950 original)

RKO Radio Pictures/Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US170,000,000

Original domestic gross: $US10,000,000


“Cinderella” (2015 remake) — WINNER

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US219,003,000

Original domestic gross: $US201,151,353

Worldwide gross: $US543,514,353

Production budget: $US95 million

The 2015 “Cinderella” remake, starring Lily James, grossed more domestically than its animated predecessor, but the original puts up a fight after inflation with $US170 million.


“Sleeping Beauty” (1959 original) — WINNER

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US618,090,800

Original domestic gross: $US36,479,805


“Maleficent” (2014 remake of “Sleeping Beauty”)

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US262,678,900

Original domestic gross: $US241,410,378

Worldwide gross: $US758,539,785

Production budget: $US180 million

Domestically, the animated “Sleeping Beauty” beats out “Maleficent’s” gross after inflation by a mile with $US618 million. But “Maleficent” performed well, especially worldwide, and a sequel later this year, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” will try to continue its success.


“One Hundred and One Dalmatians” (1961 original) — WINNER

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US506,806,200

Original domestic gross: $US14,000,000


“101 Dalmatians” (1996 remake)

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US274,335,300

Original domestic gross: $US136,189,294

Worldwide gross: $US320,689,294

The original animated movie grossed nearly double domestically what its remake did after inflation, with $US507 million.


“The Jungle Book” (1967 original) — WINNER

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US505,858,900

Original domestic gross: $US73,741,048


“The Jungle Book” (2016 remake)

Adjusted domestic gross: $US375,813,700

Original domestic gross: $US364,001,123

Worldwide gross: $US966,550,600

Production budget: $US175 million

The animated original “Jungle Book” grossed more domestically after inflation than the remake with $US505 million, but the remake was still a huge hit, making nearly $US1 billion worldwide.


“Beauty and the Beast” (1991 original)

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US315,041,100

Original domestic gross: $US145,863,363

Production budget: $US25 million


“Beauty and the Beast” (2017 remake) — WINNER

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US511,751,900

Original domestic gross: $US504,014,165

Worldwide gross: $US1,263,521,126

Production budget: $US160 million

The “Beauty and the Beast” remake far outpaced the animated original. The original made $US315 million domestically after inflation, while the remake made over $US500 million, and $US1.2 billion worldwide. It was the second-biggest movie globally in 2017, behind only “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”


“Aladdin” (1992 original) — WINNER

Disney

Adjusted domestic gross: $US472,505,500

Original domestic gross: $US217,350,219

Production budget: $US28 million


“Aladdin” (2019 remake)

Disney

Domestic gross (so far): $US340,903,511

Worldwide gross (so far): $US989,689,902

Production budget: $US183 million

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