Cinderella 2015 box office numbers already predict success for Disney. The new 2015 version of Cinderella makes its wide release in theaters on March 13 and is predicted to be the big box office winner for the weekend. A report from Variety states that the film will draw an estimated $60 million during its opening weekend. Those are big numbers for the month of March and should help the new release easily beat out the holdover films.
The original Cinderella film grossed an estimated $85 million total in the United States alone. That includes several re-releases of the film in theaters, but it was also one of the highest-grossing films of 1950 when it debuted. It’s also worth noting that the film made another $41 million from rentals. It is that success that led to Disney working on the live-action version that is about to debut.
Cinderella (2015) stars actress Lily James in the title role. To this point she is best known for her roles as Korrina in Wrath of the Titans and as Lady Rose MacClare in Downton Abbey. Following Cinderella (2015), though, she is set to appear in a number of films that will really get her noticed. They include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as Elizabeth Bennet and then War and Peace as Natasha Rostova.
Prince Charming is slated to be Richard Madden in the film. He too draws fame from television as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. The Evil Stepmother for Cinderella (2015) is Cate Blanchett. The Australian actress has become most well-known for her roles in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Now she will attempt to re-invent one of the more memorable villains of Disney lore. Chris Nashawaty spoke glowingly of Cate Blanchett in a film review for Entertainment Weekly.
As Ella’s wicked stepmother, Blanchett is nasty perfection from her blood red lips to her baroque Sandy Powell-designed gowns. She’s like a cross between Coco Chanel and Norma Desmond, and she smartly plays her harpiedom to the back row of the theater.
The Cinderella 2015 box office isn’t just important for this film, but also in the quest for Disney to create some momentum with the live-action fairy tales. New versions of Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo are already in the pipeline. They too will receive the live-action treatment in an effort to capitalize on a new generation of film-goers. It could certainly serve as a boost in recognition for Lily James as well.
There likely isn’t going to be a lot of competition in theaters from the demographics likely to buy a ticket for Cinderella. The new Liam Neeson action film Run All Night will premiere on Friday as well (March 13), but it is only expected to make a modest $15 million according to the numbers from Variety. This film follows the success that Taken 3 recently found. The films Chappie and Focus will also look to improve on some bad early numbers, but neither movie is likely to impact the upcoming Cinderella (2015) box office numbers.
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