Many films made in the past had excellent stories and were financially successful at the time of their release. The doeloe tempo film which had quite a lot of fans at that time had attracted the attention of filmmakers to be remade or made a remake version.
With the latest technology that didn’t exist when the original film was made, sometimes remake films managed to get a more lively reception so that it brought in quite a large coffers for the producers.
The following are the highest-grossing remakes of all time in the United States and Canada domestic markets, according to the Boxofficemojo film rating.
The Lion King
The Lion King is a 2019 American computer-animated musical drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview Entertainment.
The film is a photorealistic remake of the 1994 Disney traditional animated film of the same name. The film’s voice cast includes Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, as well as James Earl Jones reprising his role from the original film.
Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who must fight to reclaim the royal crown in the jungle from his uncle (Scar) after his father (Mufasa) is killed.
This computer-animated film was able to earn US and Canadian domestic tickets of US$543.63 million and became the highest-grossing remake of the film. As for globally, this film is able to reach US $ 1.66 billion.
Beauty and the Beast
The 2017 film Beauty and the Beast is a remake of the 1991 Disney animated classic. The film tells the story of a young Prince, who is cursed by a witch and imprisoned in his own castle and turns into an ugly creature (Dan Stevens), and can only be recovered if can find true love. And that opportunity comes with the presence of Belle (Emma Watson), the only girl who has visited the castle since the witch’s curse.
This musical fantasy film is directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films.
The animated film is an adaptation of a fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The film also stars Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.
The film received positive reviews from both critics and audiences and has grossed US$504 million in the domestic US and Canadian markets, placing it as the second highest-grossing remake.
Beauty and The Beast also grossed $1.273 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2017.
The Jungle Book
This 2016 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures is a live-action/CGI remake of the 1967 Walt Disney animated film of the same name.
In this film based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling, Neel Sethi plays Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, along with a number of his animal companions, embark on a journey of self-discovery while avoiding the cruel tiger, Shere Khan, who threatens them.
A number of top artists are involved as voice and motion animation, including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken.
Favreau, Marks, and producer Brigham Taylor developed the film’s story as a balance between Disney’s animated adaptation and Kipling’s original, incorporating elements of both into the film.
The film was a financial success, grossing US$364 million, making it the third most successful remake of the film. As for the global market, The Jungle Book earned US$966.5 million.
I Am Legend
I Am Legend is a 2007 post-earth destruction action thriller film based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel of the same name. Warner Bros. remake of I Am Legend which was originally released in 1994.
Directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman and Mark Protosevich, the film follows Robert Neville, a US Army virologist played by Will Smith.
At that time the world was on the verge of destruction due to a drug that was actually used to cure cancer, turned into a virus that turned people into zombies and wiped out most of humanity.
Neville as the last human in New York, other than a nocturnal mutant, is immune to the virus, and he works to develop a cure while defending himself against the mutants or zombies that threaten him.
It is the third feature film adaptation of Matheson’s novels after 1964’s The Last Man on Earth and 1971’s The Omega Man.
I Am Legend was released on December 14, 2007, in the United States and Canada and grossed $256 million, while globally it grossed $585 million.
This year, it was revealed that a sequel to the film was made, with Smith set to reprise his role as Neville and co-produce the film with Michael B. Jordan, who will also have the lead role.
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds is a 2005 science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, based on the 1898 novel by H. G. Wells and co-produced by Amblin Entertainment and Cruise/Wagner Productions.
It is a remake of Paramount Pictures’ 1953 film of the same title then produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson.
The remake of Paramount and DreamWorks stars Tom Cruise in the lead role with Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, and Tim Robbins, and narration by Morgan Freeman.
This film tells the story of an American dock worker who and his children struggle when extraterrestrials invade Earth and destroy cities with their giant war machine.
When screened in the US and Canada, this film was able to gross US $ 234.2 million and globally earned US $ 603.8 million. As well as being a financial success, the film also received three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.