The Little Mermaid opens with $95.5 million
The Little Mermaid came in under the century mark with a 3-day haul of $95.5 million, but that number is expected to grow to around $117 million for its 4-day debut.
Disney’s live action remake of their 1989 classic The Little Mermaid It easily claimed the top spot this weekend with a 3-day haul of $95.5 million. While that number is shy of our $110 million forecast, it should be noted that since this is a holiday weekend in the States, that number is bound to grow to about $117 million by the end of Monday because families didn’t feel like they were being chased. to get to the theater. That’s good news for a movie that’s been garnering decent, if not overly positive, reviews (including a 6/10 from our own Chris Bumbray.) The real question is how will it play out? it in the coming weeks. It’s not like that The new movie Super Mario Bros who has had the family market to himself for several weeks and reaped the rewards, The Little Mermaid Sony will face stiff competition in the coming weeks Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse next week followed by Transformers, flash and even Disney itself Elemental. With that said, and the fact that the film seems to have underperformed outside of North America, it will be interesting to see if this film finally hits those billion dollar mark. a live-action remake of another Disney live-action. With a reported budget of $250 million, it must.
The good news is that audiences seem to be loving the film as it has garnered an A cinema and audience score of 95%. My personal thoughts on the film are that Halle Bailey absolutely nailed the lead role of Ariel while the visuals were excellent with this being one of the best 3D remakes I’ve seen Disney live action. Not only was there great depth, but also great adventures with views of Flounder floating there literally right in front of you. I hope Disney continues its newfound interest in releasing 3D Blu ray when this hits home video because it sure would be a presentation grade disc.
Have you been invited to the Family Barbecue? If so, you know that Fast X in second place with an estimated $23.02 million, representing a massive 66% drop from its already soft opening. However, these drops are quite typical for this franchise as The Fast and the Furious movies seem to be about as full-frontal as comic book movies tend to be. This drop actually represents the franchise’s second biggest drop at the domestic box office after 2021 F9: The Fast Saga. In fact this film plays the exact opposite game The Little Mermaid as the overseas numbers are very solid which hopefully will propel this $340 million budgeted film to a profit. To put that into perspective, Avatar: The Path of Water it reportedly cost between $350 and $400 million to make and needed to hit $2 billion worldwide to be considered profitable, which it did, as Avatar! As good as I like The Fast and the Furious movies, they are not Avatar! Also remember, with some of that budget, James Cameron filmed a lot of the next installment in that franchise, I’ve never heard such a claim about Fast X’s budget being used for the next (and rightly final) chapter. I know The Fast and the Furious has been Universal’s biggest franchise, but whoever torched the $340 million budget for this one could be out of a job when it’s all said and done.
Third place belongs to Chris Pratt because he is saving our planet with it Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 continues its solid run at the box office with another $19.9 million added to its $299.4 million domestic total. We talk a lot about Comic Book Movie fatigue, but let’s be honest, it’s bad comic book movie fatigue. Defenders 3 proving that when you make a film of that genre that feels new but with that familiarity you’ve come to expect, audiences will show up. Unfortunately, it looks like the next movie in the MCU (The Marvels) I won’t continue this upward trajectory for the franchise, but hopefully I’m wrong and it was just a terrible trailer.
Fourth place belongs to Chris Pratt as he saves the kingdom of mushrooms with it The new movie Super Mario Bros continues its impressive run with an additional $6.2 million added to its massive domestic cume of $558.8 million. With more family options available in the coming weeks, and the film already on Digital and slated to hit physical media in early June, we can expect this one to start rolling out of the top five after two months, and let the sequel conversation begin. !
There was a huge line-up this weekend with four new offerings aimed at the most diverse audiences. Fans of stand-up comedy were given the choice of two custom films by popular actors and the winner was Bert Kresicher. The Machine with an estimate of $4.9 million while Sebastian Maniscalco’s About my Father fell slightly behind with $4.2 million. I wonder if the Robert DeNiro is a star About my Father you’ll have better legs since it plays right into the Father’s Day vibe that’s still a few weeks away (June 18th for those who still need to buy a card.)
Gerard Butler was back on the big screen this weekend with Kandahar, the film didn’t attract the best reviews (except for a 7/10 from our own Chris Bumbray) and that translated to a terrible opening weekend of $2.4 million, about $8 million less than his previous big screen effort, in January. Plane which was actually a really hard action movie. I haven’t seen an opportunity yet Kandahar but Butler has rarely been let down when he’s in action star mode. This one will probably see a strong return when it hits the home video market.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was back on the big screen with the film You hurt me, reuniting with her Enough said director Nicole Holofcener. The film was a huge success at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where A24 picked up distribution rights, giving it just over 900 screens, translating to a $1.3 million debut. Mediocre numbers, but with solid reviews (95% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 7/10 from our own Chris Bumbray) this one could be the perfect antidote to those big screen summer popcorn movies.
The ninth place belongs The Rise of Evil Dead with an additional $1.05 million. The film has been a great continuation of the long-running franchise in the quality of the film and its longevity at the box office. The top ten is collected by the octogenarian sequence Book Club: The Next Chapter with $920,000 reported, which represents a massive 69% decline from last week.
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