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"The Little Mermaid" Weekend Box Office Splashes $117.5 Million In First Week

The live-action version of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" weekend box office made $117.5 million in its first week in the US. This was the fifth-best start for Memorial Day weekend in history.

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May 31, 202316.2K Shares491.1K Views
The live-action version of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" weekend box office made $117.5 million in its first week in the US. This was the fifth-best start for Memorial Day weekend in history.
The animated story of Ariel, the sea siren with the fiery hair, captivated viewers 35 years ago. Now, "The Little Mermaid" is back on the big screen in a live-action remake that ruled the box office over the Memorial Day weekend. The Disney movie is going to make a big splash. It is expected to make an amazing $117.5 million in its first four days, with $96 million coming in the first three days. This makes it the fifth most successful Memorial Day start in history.

"The Little Mermaid" Weekend Box Office

'The Little Mermaid' soaks up $117 million at the box office | The Tea

At the box office over Memorial Day weekend, The Little Mermaid is swimming laps around the other movies. Final weekend numbers show that Disney's live-action remake of the famous animated film will open in the U.S. with an expected $117.5 million, making it the fifth-biggest holiday opening of all time. The three-day total is expected to be more than $96 million. On Saturday, it looked like the movie would make more than $120 million over the holiday weekend, but predictions for the U.S. changed.
Overseas, Little Mermaid opened with a disappointing $68.1 million from 51 countries for a projected global launch of $186.7 million through Monday. The movie didn't do well in China, where it opened to only $2.5 million. Box office experts say that the social media movement against putting a black actress in the role of Ariel might be having an effect in Asia and other places.
Fast X from Universal was easily No. 2 because it made over $500 million at the world box office in its first 12 days. The movie made $28.5 million in four days and $22.9 million in three days, which was a drop of 66% from its first weekend. Fast X will end on Monday with an estimated global total of $507.3 million. It made another $24.3 million overseas, bringing its total overseas earnings to a whopping $399.3 million, which is a great number.
If these predictions come true, The Little Mermaid's opening on Memorial Day will be in the top five of all time, behind Top Gun: Maverick ($160.5 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($153 million), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($152 million).
The Little Mermaid, which was directed by Rob Marshall and starred a newcomer named Halle Bailey in the title role, reportedly cost $250 million to make. It is expected to make around $80 million from foreign markets by Sunday, which should put its global debut over $200 million.
Aladdin and the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast both made more than $1 billion worldwide, and given that The Little Mermaid is based on a great book, this first movie is sure to set it up for a similarly great lifetime haul.
It now has the highest opening of any movie with a black female star, beating Lupita N'yongo in Jordan Peele's Us, which opened to $71.1 million in 2019. In the past, there have been nine movies that made more than $100 million during the four-day holiday. As was already said, five of those movies did not make $300 million.
In "The Little Mermaid," Halle Bailey plays Ariel, the daughter of King Triton (Javier Bardem), who rules a country under the sea. Ariel falls in love with a prince (Jonah Hauer-King) who lives on land. She makes a deal with Ursula (Melissa McCarthy) to give up her high voice in exchange for a human body because she wants to be with him.
Rob Marshall, who directed musicals like "Chicago" and "Into the Woods," also directed this story, which is full of music and includes songs like "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea." Analysts think that the movie's PG rating and draw to people of all ages helped it do well. People who saw the first movie as kids are now taking their own children to see the sequel.

The Little Mermaid | Official Trailer


"The Little Mermaid" from Disney was the most popular movie over the Memorial Day weekend. The movie, which was a live-action version of a popular cartoon movie from 1988, made a splashy $117.5 million over the holiday weekend. It is the fifth biggest Memorial Day opening.
Last year, "Top Gun: Maverick's" opening of $160.5 million set a new record for the holiday. At one point over the weekend, it seemed like "The Little Mermaid" might even open with more than $120 million, but sales of tickets slowed a bit.
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