‘Little Mermaid’ Box Office Swims to $118M-Plus Opening – The Hollywood Reporter

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The Little Mermaid swimming around the competition at the Memorial Day weekend box office.

Disney’s live-action remake of the iconic animated film is heading for an estimated four-day domestic run of $118 million, the fifth-biggest opening of all time at the holiday, according to studio projections. (Competitive studio show Little Mermaid opening to $120 million-plus.) The three-day total is estimated at $96 million. On Saturday, the film was expected to earn as much as $125 million over the long holiday weekend, but domestic estimates fluctuated.

abroad, Little Mermaid it debuted with a disappointing $68.3 million from 51 markets for a projected global launch of $185.8 million through Monday. The picture drowned in China, opening to just $2.5 million. Box office experts say the social media campaign protesting a black actress being cast as Ariel could have an impact on Asian markets and elsewhere.

In North America, The Little Mermaid it earned a promising A CinemaScore. This is the first summer tent pole in 2023 aimed at women, who made up 68 percent of ticket buyers. The film also attracts a racially diverse audience; 35 percent of ticket buyers so far were Black, followed by Whites (33 percent), Latinos (23 percent) and Asian/Other (9 percent). Black filmmakers were dominantly over-indexed, while white filmmakers were under-indexed.

Rob Marshall directs the live-action adaptation. The new Little Mermaid Halle Bailey stars as Ariel, the spirited young mermaid who makes a dangerous deal with the evil sea witch Ursula (Melissa McCarthy) to experience life on land and meet Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King ). The deal, however, poses a serious threat to her father’s watery kingdom.

Bailey’s performance as Ariel has drawn praise from critics amid racist backlash from commenters on social media protesting the casting of a black actress. Disney insiders don’t expect the complaints to hurt the film in North America, but they agree that the backlash could affect the film’s performance in certain overseas markets. .

The cast also includes Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni and Art Malik.

last year Top Gun: Maverick had the biggest Memorial Day opening ever with $160.5 million, followed by 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($153 million), 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Christian Skull ($151.9 million) and 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.9 million). The Last Mermaid counting on wrestling for the crown for the fifth time since 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.9 million). pirates and Indiana Jones both opened on Thursday, so it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. Friday-Monday earnings for the two films were $139.8 million and $126.9 million, respectively.

Universal Fast X he easily came in No. 2 as it crossed the $500 million mark at the global box office in its first 12 days of release. The picture generated $28.5 million for the four days and $22.9 million for the three, which represented a 66 percent drop from its opening weekend. Fast X it ends Monday with an estimated $507.3 million worldwide after earning another $24.3 million internationally for an impressive foreign total of $399.3 million.

Disney and Marvel took the No. 3 spot with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3which is expected to cross the $300 million threshold domestically in its fourth weekend after earning an estimated $25.3 million for the four days.

Universality and enlightenment The new movie Super Mario Bros 4 in its eighth weekend with $6.2 million for the four days.

Legendary action comedy and Screen Gems The Machine and a Robert De Niro comedy About my Father also opening across the country but they are not expected to earn much.

The Machine, from Screen Gems, stars Bert Kreischer and is inspired by the comedian’s stand-up act of the same name. Mark Hamill will co-star in the film, which has a four-day opening of $5.8 million from 2,409 theaters and the fifth place.

Lionsgate’s About my Father looking to come in at No. 6 with an estimated $5.3 million opening from 2,464 theaters.

Film about new Afghanistan Kandaharfrom Open Road/Briarcliff, entering No. 7 with an estimated $3 million from 2,105 theaters, followed by A24’s drama and Nicole Holofcener You have hurt my feelingswhich is looking at a four-day debut of $1.8 million from 912 locations.

Gross could move by Monday morning.

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The original version of this story was published May 27 8:13 am

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