If you’ve been paying attention to Disney at all the past decade, then you’re well aware that the House of Mouse has been doing a lot of remakes of its classic, animated movies. Aside from giving these movies a more contemporary face-lift, it brings these stories to a whole new generation. Sure, you can watch all the originals from the comfort of your own home, but when was the last time you could watch the original Lion King in theaters? Aside from catching one of the original films at your local cinema when they are having a random Disney showing on a summer afternoon, you probably haven’t seen these movies in theaters since they first released.
So whether you think this is a “Disney moneygrab” or a way to have the next generation feel the same love for these characters we felt the first time we saw them on the big screen, success in Hollywood is gauged by box office success. A movie can win awards or be critically-acclaimed, but what really matters is making more money than it cost to produce a movie.
Disney kicked off its string of live-action remakes with 1994’s The Jungle Book, so starting there, we’re taking a look at 10 remakes, checking out how much money they made in theaters, and figuring out which movie was more successful. Of course, we’ll also adjusting for inflation for the original movies and a couple of the remakes from the ’90s. All of the box office information came from BoxOfficeMojo and inflation adjustments were done at US Inflation Calculator. Let’s see who wins the battle of the remakes!