Disney's Live-Action "The Little Mermaid" Makes a Splash in Theaters, Grosses $95.5 Million Over Memorial Day Weekend!

On Memorial Day weekend, The Little Mermaid inspired the desire to go underwater among moviegoers. According to studio estimates released on Sunday, Disney's live-action adaptation of its 1989 cartoon classic handily outperformed the competition, earning $95.5 million on 4,320 screens in North America.

By the end of the Christmas season, Disney predicts that the movie starring Halle Bailey as the eponymous mermaid Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as her sea witch foe Ursula would have made $117.5 million. According to the AP, it was the fifth-largest Memorial Day weekend debut ever.

In first position, it unseats Fast X. Vin Diesel's Fast and Furious 10: 10th Mission, which earned $23 million domestically for a two-week total of $108 million for Universal Pictures, underperformed more recent entries in the franchise. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney and Marvel finished third in its fourth weekend with an estimated $20 million in North America.

Domestically, it has now brought in $299 million. Other recent releases failed. With $4.9 million domestically, the action comedy The Machine, featuring stand-up comedian Bert Kreischer, came in fifth. The wide comedy And About My Father, starring Robert De Niro and stand-up Sebastian Maniscalco, came in sixth with $4.3 million.

According to Comscore, the following figures represent expected ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at theatres in the US and Canada:
  1. The Little Mermaid, $95.5 million.
  2. Fast X, $23 million.
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, $20 million.
  4. The Super Mario Bros. Movie, $6.3 million.
  5. The Machine, $4.9 million.
  6. About My Father, $4.3 million.
  7. Kandahar, $2.4 million.
  8. You Hurt My Feelings, 1.4 million.
  9. Evil Dead Rise, $1 million.
  10. Book Club, The Next Chapter, $920,000.

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