Disney’s lucrative remake production line rolls on

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In the early 1990s, Disney began scouring its back catalog for animated classics that it could turn into live-action remakes — a strategy that has so far netted more than $7 billion.

The latest offering, “The Lion King,” which uses live-action filmmaking techniques to create photo-realistic graphics, hits theaters on Friday.

Here is a list of the company’s big-screen live-action remakes — which doesn’t include straight-to-video releases or sequels of remakes — and their total box office take:

“Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book” – 1994

(based on “The Jungle Book” – 1967)

$43.2 million

“101 Dalmatians” – 1996

(“One Hundred and One Dalmatians” – 1961)

$321 million

“Alice in Wonderland” – 2010

(“Alice in Wonderland” – 1951)

$1 billion

“Maleficent” – 2014

(“Sleeping Beauty” – 1959)

$759 million

“Cinderella” – 2015

(“Cinderella” – 1950)

$544 million

“The Jungle Book” – 2016

(“The Jungle Book” – 1967)

$967 million

“Pete’s Dragon” – 2016

(“Pete’s Dragon” – 1977*)

$144 million

“Beauty and the Beast” – 2017

(“Beauty and the Beast” – 1991)

$1.3 billion

“Dumbo” – 2019

(“Dumbo” – 1941)

$352 million

“Aladdin” – 2019

(“Aladdin” – 1992)

$926 million

Source: BoxOfficeMojo.com

* The original “Pete’s Dragon” was also a mix of live-action and animation

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