‘The Little Mermaid’ Conquers Box Office With $117.5M Memorial Day Opening

Another win for Disney!

Halle Bailey Ariel Disney The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is making waves at the box office, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the Disney remake is expected to reach a four-day domestic debut total of around $117.5 million, making it the fifth-largest Memorial Day weekend opening ever. Its three-day gross stands at approximately $95 million.

While The Little Mermaid is making a significant splash domestically, its overseas performance has been somewhat less buoyant. The live-action remake debuted with a less than stellar $68.1 million across 51 markets, bringing its projected global launch to $185.6 million by Monday.

The Little Mermaid‘s China gross has been particularly underwhelming. Despite the country’s massive cinema-going population, the Disney movie only managed to muster a modest $2.5 million at the box office during its opening run.

Under the direction of Rob Marshall, The Little Mermaid is now showing in theaters. The director, known for his stellar work on musical movies such as Chicago and Into the Woods, brings his unique style to this beloved Disney classic.

An overview of Disney’s Live-Action The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most treasured films, and the live-action remake has been hotly anticipated. The use of photo-realistic CGI in the movie has also sparked much discussion among fans. While some voiced concerns that the upcoming movie might lack the original’s charm and magic, the innovative use of CGI enabled Disney to create incredibly realistic portrayals of the characters, enhancing their lifelike presence beyond the reach of traditional animation.

Despite differing opinions about the live-action remake, The Little Mermaid is undeniably one of the biggest movie releases of 2023. The adaptation features new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, along with the timeless melodies penned by Menken for the original animation. Miranda also shares the executive producer title with Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca.

Rob Marshall directed The Little Mermaid, with the script written by David Magee. The remake stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, and Jacob Tremblay voicing Flounder. Awkwafina and Daveed Diggs lend their voices to Scuttle and Sebastian the Crab, respectively, and Javier Bardem plays King Triton.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.