Disney continues to produce good family movies that rise above most movies for their quality and content. For April 16, Box Office Mojo reports that Jungle Book is at the top of the box office. Zootopia also remains strong at the box office, having also been the top movie at the box office. On April 16, a Forbes report is entitled, “Friday Box Office: ‘Batman V Superman’ And ‘The Boss’ Fall Hard, Zootopia Tops $300M.” Deadline Hollywood reports April 16, “Disney’s The Jungle Book will become one of the highest April debuts ever… with an A CinemaScore from an audience pretty evenly divided among young and old, male and female…Noteworthy is that Disney’s other family favorite in the marketplace — the animated Zootopia — is crossing the $300M mark and still in the Top Five after seven weeks in release.”
Both movies are produced by the Walt Disney Corp., which continues to produce excellent movies for intergenerational audiences of families and friends. Movies like these provide entertainment options for whole families or groups of friends where they all enjoy the same show together, unlike home television settings where unfortunately often parents, kids, and/or grandparents in the same room are viewing individual smartphones or tablets while the television is on. (To AMC’s credit, they have listened to consumer outrage to the idea of allowing texting in their theaters and have ditched this recent consideration in favor of keeping their movie theaters free of personal screen use during movies. Maybe families should have the same rule when they are watching a family show together.)
This week Deadline Hollywood has reported Disney “…will make its own live-action Peter Pan film, and has set David Lowery to direct a script that he will write with Toby Halbrooks. They teamed to write and Lowery directed Pete’s Dragon, a new version of Disney’s 1977 live action/animated musical.” Other, promising Disney live-action remakes of classic animated family movies that continue in development include: Aladdin, Mulan, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Tinker Bell, and Chip ‘n’ Dale.
Excellent family-friendly movies like the current Disney Zootopia and Jungle Book perform well at the box office and are socially responsible as they bring families and friends together with classic, universal, and constructive content.