The Little Mermaid to Open to $120 Million at the Box Office on Memorial Day

The Little Mermaid is anticipated to reach $120 million in domestic box office revenue in its first four days of release, making it one of the better Memorial Day weekend debuts and the first summer tentpole geared towards girls in 2023.

Through Sunday, the movie's overseas debut is expected to bring in $80 million.

The acclaimed animated picture from Disney is being recreated in live-action under Rob Marshall's direction. The vivacious little mermaid Ariel, played by Halle Bailey in the classic story, strikes a perilous bargain with Ursula (played by Melissa McCarthy), a wicked sea witch, in order to experience life on dry land and get to know the handsome Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King). The bond, however, greatly imperils her father's aquatic realm.

The Little Mermaid to Open to $120 Million at the Box Office on Memorial Day

Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, and Art Malik are also featured in the cast.

Critics have praised Bailey's portrayal of Ariel despite racial reaction on social media over the use of a Black actress in the lead role. However, they are waiting to see how the movie performs in a few international areas. Disney executives do not anticipate that these protests would harm the movie in North America.

If it does actually start at $120 million, Little Mermaid will surpass Disney's live-action Aladdin, which debuted to $116.8 million over the four-day vacation, to become the fifth-biggest domestic start for Memorial Day weekend.

The four-day revenue for The Little Mermaid is anticipated to comprise a three-day haul of $100 million. Aladdin is trailing fellow live-action remakes Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King in pre-sales, but is far ahead of Aladdin.

Similar to Beauty and the Beast, which had a 70% female audience, interest is being driven by young women, mothers, and other females.

Both new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a score by multiple Oscar winner Alan Menken are featured in the film.

Action-comedy Although they both have wide releases, The Machine and the Robert De Niro comedy About My Father aren't anticipated to gross much more than $5 million or $6 million domestically.

The Machine, a Screen Gems production starring Bert Kreischer, was modelled around the comedian's similarly named stand-up performance. Co-starring is Mark Hamill.

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