After captivating audiences worldwide, The Little Mermaid has made a significant impact on Disney+ this weekend.
The live-action version of the beloved animated musical, which stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, has become the most-watched Disney movie premiere on Disney+ since Hocus Pocus 2. It has accumulated 16 million views within its first five days of streaming. This success on Disney+ comes after a successful run in theaters during the summer.
Directed by Rob Marshall, the film earned $117.5 million in North America over Memorial Day weekend and was one of the top five highest-grossing films domestically during the summer, with a total of nearly $300 million.
Additionally, The Little Mermaid, featuring Javier Bardem, Daveed Diggs, and Awkwafina, is among the top ten films worldwide in 2023, having earned $570 million at the global box office.
The film has received praise from audiences, with an “A” CinemaScore and a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Building upon the legacy of the original 1989 classic, The Little Mermaid continues to bring the story to life through various forms of entertainment, including merchandise, theme park attractions, video games, books, and theater productions. The release of the live-action version has also boosted engagement for the animated films on Disney+.
The live-action remake of Disney’s Oscar®-winning animated musical classic “The Little Mermaid,” which debuted in theaters in May and grossed more than $542 million worldwide, will premiere on Disney+ on September 6, 2023.
Disney+ subscribers will be able to access special bonus content, including Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”) as King Triton performing the song “Impossible Child” with music by multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,’ “In the Heights”); “Passing the Dinglehopper,” and “Under the Sea – Song Breakdown.”
The beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure, is told in “The Little Mermaid.” Ariel, the youngest and most defiant of King Triton’s daughters, longs to learn more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While it is forbidden for mermaids to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She strikes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, which allows her to experience life on land but ultimately jeopardizes her life – and her father’s crown.
The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Eric; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) as the voice of Sebastian; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) as the voice of Flounder; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as The Queen; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Being the Ricardos”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula.
“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Mary Poppins Returns”), and the screenplay is written by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (“Life of Pi,” “Finding Neverland”).
The songs include music by Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Howard Ashman, as well as new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”).
The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease Live!”), Miranda, two-time Emmy® winner John DeLuca (“Tony Bennett: An American Classic”), and Rob Marshall, with executive producer Jeffrey Silver (“The Lion King”).
‘SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE’ opens to $120.5 million in the United States, making it the second biggest domestic opening of 2023. It becomes the third-largest opening for an animated film and the best-ever for Sony Animation, not adjusted for inflation. The film earned $208.6M in the film’s worldwide opening weekend.
‘The Little Mermaid’ made just over $40 million in its second weekend at the box office, according to reports. The film grossed $186.2 million in the United States while playing in 4,320 theaters. The Disney film also made over $40 million overseas, for a total of $140.5 million, bringing the film’s global box office total to over $326 million.
‘The Boogeyman,’ a 20th Century film based on Stephen King’s story, is set to finish third at the box office after earning $12.3 million domestically and $7.7 million overseas this weekend.
After earning $10.2 million domestically in its fifth weekend at the box office, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ moves up to fourth place, passing ‘Fast X.’ The film has grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
‘Fast X’ takes fifth place at the box office this weekend. Despite a surprisingly poor domestic box office performance, the film has grossed over $600 million worldwide, thanks to the $474.8 million earned outside of the United States.
‘SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE’ made $51.8M on its opening day at the domestic box office, the biggest opening day at the domestic box office in 2023 so far.
The Sony film surpassed Super Mario Bros.’s $31.7 million and Marvel Studios‘ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s $48.1 million.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has the third-best opening day of any Spider-Man film, trailing only behind ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ ($121.9M) and Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 3’ ($59.8M).
The opening day of ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ is also the third-highest for an animated film, trailing only Incredibles 2 ($71.2M) and Finding Dory ($54.7M). The sequel’s opening day is also the best for Sony Pictures Animation.
‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ is expected to gross $125 million at the global box office in its first weekend.
What else is going on at the box office?
In just one week, the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ has grossed $250 million worldwide, surpassing the global total of the 1989 original. The movie has officially made a profit on its $250 million budget.
‘The Boogeyman’ grossed $4.8 million on its first day and is expected to gross $15 million to $17 million this weekend. The film had a $35 million budget.
The live-action version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” made $117.5 million domestically, placing it fifth among all Memorial Day weekend debuts in box office history, according to Box Office Mojo.
Halle Bailey plays Ariel in the remake of the 1989 Disney animated classic. Critics praised Bailey’s portrayal of the titular character, but the film as a whole received a decidedly mixed response.
Only 68% of critics gave the film a positive review on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The film was well received by audiences, with 95% giving it a thumbs up on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, IMDB, which also tracks audience reviews, stated that it had to adjust some of its ratings overseas after discovering that the film was the victim of review-bombing.
Despite all the review bombing, “The Little Mermaid” is currently ranked fifth among Disney’s live-action remakes for best domestic debuts, trailing only The Jungle Book ($103.26 million), Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million), Beauty and the Beast ($174.01 million), and The Lion King ($191.7 million).
Unlike “The Little Mermaid,” these films did not debut on Memorial Day, so based on the traditional three-day weekend, ‘The Little Mermaid’ grossed $95.4 million in its first three days.
The film has earned more than $185 million at the global box office, but with a $250 million budget and an estimated marketing budget of $100 million, the film would need to earn $500-$700 million to break even.