The 25 Highest-Grossing Movie Remakes of All Time

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born (2018).
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born (2018).
Warner Bros.

While the announcement of yet another remake might elicit an exasperated sigh from a film buff or two, it’s hard to deny the excitement of seeing a beloved movie updated with breathtaking special effects, a buzzy new cast, and all the other trappings of a modern-day do-over.

Not every remake is able to withstand the claims of “the original was better,” but, regardless of what the critics say, many of them still end up with impressive performances at the domestic box office. Based on The Numbers’ data, Disney is the undisputed reigning champion of the remake—their recent live-action versions of animated classics The Lion King (1994), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Aladdin (1992), are the top three highest-grossing films on the list.

Apparently, primates are especially popular at the box office. Three Planet of the Apes remakes crack the top 25, and so does 2005’s King Kong, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody. On the subject of giant monsters known to traipse all over New York City, Godzilla also appears twice on the list—the 2011 film is in 11th place with more than $200 million in box office earnings, and the 1998 version came in at #24, with a little over $136 million.

According to the numbers, people were especially keen on watching remakes in 2005. In addition to King Kong, theaters saw great turnout for the science fiction flick War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise, Tim Burton’s take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Longest Yard, an Adam Sandler-led version of Burt Reynolds’s 1974 film of the same name.

See if your favorite remake made the top 25 list:

  1. The Lion King (2019) // $543,638,043
  1. Beauty and the Beast (2017) // $504,014,165
  1. Aladdin (2019) // $355,559,216
  1. It (2017) // $328,828,874
  1. War of the Worlds (2005) // $234,280,354
  1. King Kong (2005) // $218,080,025
  1. A Star Is Born (2018) // $215,288,866
  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) // $208,545,589
  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) // $206,459,076
  1. The Mummy Returns (2001) // $202,007,640
  1. Godzilla (2014) // $200,676,069
  1. Ocean’s Eleven (2001) // $183,417,150
  1. Planet of the Apes (2001) // $180,011,740
  1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) // $176,760,185
  1. The Karate Kid (2010) // $176,591,618
  1. Three Men and a Baby (1987) // $167,780,960
  1. Clash of the Titans (2010) // $163,214,888
  1. The Longest Yard (2005) // $158,119,460
  1. The Mummy (1999) // $155,385,488
  1. True Lies (1994) // $146,282,411
  1. Doctor Dolittle (1998) // $144,156,605
  1. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) // $138,614,544
  1. A Christmas Carol (2009) // $137,855,863
  1. Godzilla (1998) // $136,314,294
  1. The Departed (2006) // $132,384,315

[h/t The Numbers]

The 10 Best Memorial Day 2020 Sales

iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth
iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth

The Memorial Day sales have started early this year, and it's easy to find yourself drowning in offers for cheap mattresses, appliances, shoes, and grills. To help you cut through the noise and focus on the best deals around, we threw together some of our favorite Memorial Day sales going on right now. Take a look below.

1. Leesa

A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
A Leesa Hybrid mattress.

Through May 31, you can save up to $400 on every mattress model Leesa has to offer, from the value-minded Studio by Leesa design to the premium Leesa Legend, which touts a combination of memory foam and micro-coil springs to keep you comfortable in any position you sleep in.

Find it: Leesa

2. Sur La Table

This one is labeled as simply a “summer sale,” but the deals are good only through Memorial Day, so you should get to it quickly. This sale takes up to 20 percent off outdoor grilling and dining essentials, like cast-iron shrimp pans ($32), a stainless steel burger-grilling basket ($16), and, of course, your choice of barbeque sauce to go along with it.

Find it: Sur la Table

3. Wayfair

KitchenAid Stand Mixer on Sale on Wayfair.

Wayfair is cutting prices on all manner of appliances until May 28. Though you can pretty much find any home appliance imaginable at a low price, the sale is highlighted by $130 off a KitchenAid stand mixer and 62 percent off this eight-in-one GoWise air fryer.

And that’s only part of the brand’s multiple Memorial Day sales, which you can browse here. They’re also taking up to 40 percent off Samsung refrigerators and washing machines, up to 65 percent off living room furniture, and up to 60 percent off mattresses.

Find it: Wayfair

4. Blue Apron

If you sign up for a Blue Apron subscription before May 26, you’ll save $20 on each of your first three box deliveries, totaling $60 in savings. 

Find it: Blue Apron

5. The PBS Store

Score 20 percent off sitewide at when you use the promo code TAKE20. This slashes prices on everything from documentaries like Ken Burns’s The Roosevelt: An Intimate History ($48) and The Civil War ($64) to a Pride & Prejudice tote bag ($27) and this precious heat-changing King Henry VIII mug ($11) that reveals the fates of his many wives when you pour your morning coffee.

Find it: The PBS Store

6. Amazon

eufy robot vacuum.

While Amazon doesn’t have an official Memorial Day sale, the ecommerce giant still has plenty of ever-changing deals to pick from. Right now, you can take $100 off this outdoor grill from Weber, $70 off a eufy robot vacuum, and 22 percent off the ASUS gaming laptop. For more deals, just go to Amazon and have a look around.

7. Backcountry

You can save up to 50 percent on tents, hiking packs, outdoor wear, and more from brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and others during Backcountry's Memorial Day sale.

Find it: Backcountry

8. Entertainment Earth

Funko Pops on Sale on Entertainment Earth.
Entertainment Earth/Funko

From now until June 2, Entertainment Earth is having a buy one, get one half off sale on select Funko Pops. This includes stalwarts like the Star Wars and Batman lines, and more recent additions like the Schitt's Creek Funkos and the pre-orders for the upcoming X-Men movie line.

Find it: Entertainment Earth

9. Moosejaw

With the promo code SUNSCREEN, you can take 20 percent off one full-price item at Moosejaw, along with finding up to 30 percent off select items during the outdoor brand's summer sale. These deals include casual clothing, outdoor wear, trail sneakers, and more. 

Find it: Moosejaw

10. Osprey

Through May 25, you can save 25 percent on select summer items, and 40 percent off products from last season. This can include anything from hiking packs and luggage to outdoorsy socks and hats. So if you're planning on getting acquainted with the great outdoors this summer, now you can do it on the cheap.

Find it: Osprey

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Never-Shown-on-TV Digital Shorts From The Office are Now Available on iTunes

Oscar Nuñez, Brian Baumgartner, Jake Lacy, Paul Lieberstein, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, and Leslie David Baker in The Office.
Oscar Nuñez, Brian Baumgartner, Jake Lacy, Paul Lieberstein, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, and Leslie David Baker in The Office.
NBCUniversal Media, LLC

It's a good time to be a fan of The Office. The NBC series may have ended nearly seven years ago, but the cast still manages to surprise us on a regular basis. Whether it be an impromptu reunion, or sharing some details about the sitcom in new interviews, fans are still able to reminisce on a daily basis. But the best gift yet for those running out of things to watch while stuck at home may have just arrived: A collection of digital shorts from the beloved series is available to purchase on iTunes, and it's full of never-before-seen-on-TV content.

The collection includes 10 episodes of hilarity from your favorite The Office characters, including Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly, Angela Martin, and Kelly Kapoor. One of these shorts is actually an Emmy winner titled "The Accountants," which sounds pretty intriguing.

So grab some popcorn (be sure to clean out the microwave when you're done) and a few of your fellow The Office fanatics, because this is your chance to re-live the Dunder Mifflin days all over again. You can access all of the episodes here.