How do Disney’s live-action remakes stack up against the animated originals?

Mulan is streaming on Disney+ (and in theatres in China). How will this live-action remake perform compared to its predecessors?


September 4, 2020

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan hit theaters Disney+ today. If you already have a subscription to the Disney streaming service ($6.99/month), you can tack on Mulan for another $30 — equivalent to ~2 bags of popcorn and a bottle of water at the theater.

Without a traditional box office take, Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek said the movie’s impact will be partially measured by the “uptake of…subscribers” on Disney+.

This new cinema reality got us thinking about something semi-related: Are live action remakes more lucrative than the originals?”

In recent years, the verdict has been split.

One thing is for sure, though, it’ll be very hard to best Cinderella’s inflation-adjusted $2.8B take (there was a lot less Fortnite and Netflix to distract us in 1950):

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