We are now under two months away from the release of Disney Studios’ live-action adaptation of Mulan, and now long-range box office tracking are starting to surface.
According to Box Office Pro, Mulan is tracking to make $40-$60 million domestically in its opening weekend. Now, of course, tracking will change as we come closer to the release of the film. That said Box Office Pro has a good track record.
We believe the film will indeed outgross these projections. Disney’s trend of live-action remakes have been financial hits for the studio, Aladdin and The Lion King joined Beauty and the Beast (2017) in the billion-dollar club last year. Add to that, we suspect that the film will attract Asian-American families. Marketing has been solid with most fans enjoying the trailers highlighting that this is something different than the animated film while giving subtle nods to it. Not to mention, Mulan won’t have much competition at the box office that weekend, Pixar’s Onward will be in its third week by that time.
Some cons highlighted by Box Office Pro do make sense including, talks of reshoots, which we reported a couple of months back, now they might not have been as extensive as we initially reported but, there are a few key changes from the original animated film that could hinder excitement to those who love the latter. Now, if you discuss the following weeks the film will run into some big family-friendly competition, Peter Rabbit 2 (April 3, one week after) and Trolls: World Tour (April 17) could give Mulan a run for its money.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation and a proud father.
Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes, Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
Disney’s Mulan will hit theaters on March 27, 2020.
Source: Box Office Pro