Disney’s new ‘Dumbo’ charms crowds but flies feebly at box office: $45 million

LOS ANGELES – Disney’s “Dumbo” isn’t exactly taking flight at the North American box office the way its other live-action remakes of animated classics have.

On Sunday, Disney reported that the Tim Burton-directed film has earned an estimated $45 million domestically from 4,259 locations against a $170 million production budget. It’s less than half of what “Beauty and the Beast,” ″The Jungle Book” and Burton’s own “Alice in Wonderland” earned in their debuts.

The remake of the 1941 animated film stars Colin Farrell and Danny DeVito. It received mixed reviews from critics and has a middling 53 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Audiences who did turn out, however, had a different response than the critics and gave the film an A-minus overall, according to CinemaScore.

“We think it’s a solid start,” says Cathleen Taff, Disney’s executive vice president of theatrical distribution. “We’re encouraged and hopeful with audience word of mouth.”

Internationally, “Dumbo” grossed $71 million, with $10.7 million coming from China, $7.4 million from the U.K. and $7.2 million from Mexico.

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