2017’s Beauty and the Beast remains the undisputed champ with a $174.8 million bow, followed by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland with a $116.1 million opening.
Aladdin certainly fared much better in its opening weekend that Dumbo recently did; Tim Burton’s remake of the flying elephant classic never quite took flight, opening with $46 million for a total so far of just $111.7 million.
Here are the opening weekend grosses for every Disney live-action reimagining (figures via Box Office Mojo). These figures have not been adjusted for inflation:
- 1. Beauty and the Beast $174,750,616
- 2. Alice in Wonderland $116,101,023
- 3. The Jungle Book (2016) $103,261,464
- 4. Aladdin $86,100,000
- 5. Maleficent $69,431,298
- 6. Cinderella $67,877,361
- 7. Dumbo $45,990,748
- 8. 101 Dalmatians $33,504,025
- 9. Alice Through the Looking Glass $26,858,726
- 10. Christopher Robin $24,585,139
- 11. Pete’s Dragon $21,514,095
- 12. 102 Dalmatians $19,883,351
- 13. The Jungle Book (1994) $5,129,959
The Lion King, which opens this July, is expected to give Beauty and the Beast a run for its money as the biggest opening weekend in the category of Disney’s live-action revamps.
We should note that while Box Office Mojo considers Oz the Great and Powerful part of Disney’s live-action reimaginings, we don’t since Disney never made an animated film version of The Wizard of Oz.
We also included 2018’s Christopher Robin, which is as much of a spiritual sequel to Disney’s animated Winnie the Pooh films as Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was to Disney’s animated classic.
For more on Aladdin, check out our review, the cast taking our Disney Song Challenge quiz, and the history of genies in pop culture and folklore. And for more on Disney’s live-action remakes of their animated films, watch our comparison of the 1994 Lion King to the 2019 movie.