Disney’s live action remake Cinderella continues its box office success this weekend with $17.5 million earning it a strong fifth place at the box office. The film has now brought in $150 million domestically. Throw in a number one $38.7 million showing internationally, and the movie has now surpassed $336 million overall.
This weekend also moved Cinderella into the 3rd spot for all movies released in 2015 behind Spongebob and Fifty Shades of Grey. Not exactly a ritzy neighborhood, but it’s all we’ve got this year.
I predict we will see many more of these live-action remakes. Disney already has The Jungle Book, Dumbo, and Beauty and the Beast lined up.
Let me suggest one more that may seem odd. It’s my least favorite of any Disney animated film (although Home on the Range gives it a run for its money), but The Black Cauldron might fit the bill. “The Chronicles of Prydain” novels by Lloyd Alexander could potentially be the next Lord of the Rings.
Yes, I know Disney tried this once with The Chronicles of Narnia. The might be feeling a little burned after that effort. Plus Disney has pretty much buried The Black Cauldron deep in the vault. But there are those who say Disney really didn’t do the novels justice with the movie. If they still have the rights, it would be worth another crack. With today’s special effects and an audience primed for great epics by the Lord of the Rings movies and Harry Potter, it could work.
What Disney animated movies would you choose for a live-action remake?