Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of an an animated classic didn’t have the strong start that the company might have wanted. The movie opened to a huge figure this weekend, taking in an estimated $45 million in the US and Canada this weekend to stand easily at No. 1, but it didn’t make as much money as people expected it to.
EW reports that it was projected to bank between $50 million and $58 million for its domestic opening-weekend. At $45 million, it’s substantially below other recent live-action Disney movies such as Beauty and the Beast ($174.8 million), The Jungle Book ($103.3 million), and Cinderella ($67.9 million). Dumbo, however, is not nearly as big or recognisable a franchise as Disney’s other marquee series, so it was never likely to make as much as those films.
Dumbo was directed by Hollywood legend Tim Burton, and it cost around $170 million to make. It features a star-studded cast with the likes of Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Colin Farrell, who act alongside the big-eared baby elephant Dumbo.
The next Disney live-action re-imaginings are Aladdin (May) and The Lion King (July). Even if Dumbo isn’t the biggest success, Disney is expected to have a massive year at the box office. It already released Captain Marvel from its Marvel division in March, while Avengers: Endgame is coming in late April. In between Aladdin and The Lion King is Toy Story 4 in June, while Frozen 2 arrives in November and Star Wars: Episode IX comes out in December.
In other box office news from this weekend, the new stoner comedy The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey opened this weekend and made just $1.8 million. That is the worst opening for McConaughey in his film career.
March 29-31 US/Canada Box Office
- Dumbo — $45 million
- Us — $33.6 million
- Captain Marvel — $20.5 million
- Five Feet Apart — $6.3 million
- Unplanned — $6.1 million
- Wonder Park — $4.9 million
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — $4.2 million
- Hotel Mumbai — $3.2 million
- A Madea Family Funeral — $2.7 million
- The Beach Bum — $1.8 million