‘The Little Mermaid’ Opening Weekend Projections Are Less Than Magical

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According to new numbers, things for The Little Mermaid remake look less than optimal. 

Disney fans are gearing up for the Studio’s latest release: the live-action adaptation of its classic animated film The Little Mermaid. The film, which features newcomer Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid princess, has been generating a lot of buzz ahead of its release this Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, experts predict that The Little Mermaid is poised to only make a medium-sized splash at the box office.

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Early Box Office Predictions Are Not Bad, but Not Good

Live-action remakes of classic Disney animated films have generally been hit or miss in recent years. The success of live-action films like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast has been countered by flops like the recent Dumbo and Pinnochio remake. Many fans feel burned out with all of the remakes coming out every year.

There has been a lot of buzz around the casting of the movie, which includes Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric. Additionally, interest in the film has been high among fans thanks to its crew, which includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, who helped write new songs for the film, and composer Alan Menken, who worked on the music for the original animated film.

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BoxOffice Pro is predicting that The Little Mermaid will earn between $30 and $50 million in its opening weekend. This is not quite on par with the success Disney has had in the past. For a film of this size and budget, these numbers are just okay. Not a flop by any means, but certainly not the smash-hit numbers Disney was hoping for.

Despite these numbers, many fans are still eagerly anticipating the release of The Little Mermaid. The Walt Disney Company is hoping that the film will draw larger crowds once the release date draws nearer. Disney is also hoping that it will help attract more subscribers to its streaming service Disney+, which will show the film a few months after its theatrical release.

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Whether The Little Mermaid will ultimately join the ranks of Disney’s highest-grossing films remains to be seen. Much will be revealed as the premier on May 26, 2023, grows nearer.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.