Among Disney’s many strategies of making lots of money, one of them is paying off extremely well when many people thought it wouldn’t.
The Walt Disney Studios has been putting out live-action remakes of some of the studios’ classic animated films. What began with the Tim Burton-helmed live-action remake of Alice In Wonderland back in 2010 has netted Disney over $1 billion worldwide. That figure includes Disney’s most recent remake, The Jungle Book, which opened to an impressive $103.6 million in box office sales in the U.S. and Canada.
According to BuzzFeed News, that strategy is a pleasant surprise to many at the studio. Disney’s new branded films like McFarland, USA and Tomorrowland have not had success with audiences and in turn ticket sales. The live-action remakes, however, are making up for that loss as audiences seem to not mind a change in story, but the way the story is told.
With that in mind, Disney isn’t slowing down in remaking even more animated classics into live-action money-makers. Alice Through The Looking Glass and Pete’s Dragon are set to debut this year and Beauty And The Beast is set to debut next year.
Beyond that, Disney is already planning more remakes in the form of a live-action Mary Poppins sequel, Peter Pan adventure, and a standalone filming shining the spotlight on Cruella de Vil.
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