There have been quite a number of Disney live-action remakes and 2019’s Lion King will be landing on the theatres this coming weekend. Lion King will not be the first or last remake as there are many other projects that Disney has in store for us. Someone may wonder; why is Disney doing this?
Why are they producing these remakes? Believe you me, Disney fans sometimes find themselves arguing and raising concerns because the live-action remakes tend to change some of the story in the original animation. Yet again, why do the Disney fans stick around just to watch another live-action remake? I think it’s because they find the movies enigmatically addictive!
Nevertheless, there is a good reason why Disney continues to produce these remakes despite the talk in the social media platforms. When money talks more than social media, there is always nothing left to say. Just to be straight to my point, we are going to take a look at Disney’s budget for the 9 films they have made as from2010 and the box office returns.
2010’s Alice In Wonderland’s remake for instance really motivated Disney to continue with their production because of its marvelous box office pull-$1 billion. Beauty and the
Beast on the other hand grossed $1.25 billion and has been the most successful live action remake. The Jungle book follows in closely with $966million. Aladdin which came out recently is celebrating its $960 million.
This implies that 5 of the 9 have done very well. The remaining 4 have also done their best because their production budgets are relatively lower therefore you can’t expect much from them. Interestingly, the ‘poorest’ live-action adaptation which happens to be Christopher Robin pulled quite a respectable profit. A positive difference of $122.7 million between the production budget and the box office numbers is not bad after all.
So, when you add all the projected budgets for the nine films, you come up with around $1,118,000,000. Thereafter, when you add the box office’s returns, you will certainly come up with a solid $6,366,600,461. Subtract and give me the difference! In any case, this is the main reason as to why Disney won’t stop making live-action remakes. Mind you, Lion King and Mulan are around the corner.
Fans may cry themselves out that they want an original thing but Disney keeps disappointing them with something that is flexible yet sweet. That is why the audience won’t disappoint Disney, just wait for Friday 19th and you will see what I am talking about.
Lion King has already received bad reviews but I am pretty sure that it is headed for the right direction. The question is; will it hit a billion dollars or will it suffer Dumbo’s fate? All in all, if Lion King flops, then Mulan then the next 4 remakes (which is less likely), then it means Disney might reconsider their actions. But for now, expect numerous remakes at your favorite theatre!