Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid 2023 Movie Poster

As expected, The Little Mermaid made a huge splash at the box office with a $118 million Memorial Day Weekend debut. 

The Disney release scooped $96 million over the three days and is expected to pick up another $22 million on Memorial Day. 

The Little Mermaid ranks as the fifth-highest Memorial Day opening in history. 

The film grossed an additional $68.3 million internationally.

The live-action remake of the 1988 classic is directed by Rob Marshall.

The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. 

The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. 

While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. 

She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. 

The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey as Ariel; Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs as the voice of Sebastian; Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Flounder; Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle; Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric; Art Malik as Sir Grimsby; Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina; with Oscar winner Javier Bardem as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy as Ursula.  

Tony Chambers, Disney’s head of distribution called the film “a classic.”

You ask a lot of women or men of my age and it’s ‘Little Mermaid’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that rank as their favorite animated movie.

It’s a story that takes them back to their respective childhoods and this movie is the perfect opportunity for a lot of people to pass that love on to the next generation.

The Little Mermaid has a $250 million production budget, so the film will have to continue to draw audiences globally to break even and begin making a profit. 

Which isn’t going to be an issue at all. 

Read a few Twitter reactions to the film below. 

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