‘The Little Mermaid’ earned $38 million on its domestic opening day. It is on track to earn $104 million for its weekend debut and $120 million–$130 million for the Memorial Day 3-day weekend. The film is also the 7th highest preview gross for a G-/PG-rated movie in history at the box office, with $10.8 million earned on Thursday.
According to our review, for fans of classic Disney magic, “The Little Mermaid” brings a sense of nostalgia that hasn’t been felt in a while. It is a delightful and lovingly crafted movie that surprises with its soulful moments. Anchoring the film is Halle Bailey’s powerful and endlessly charismatic performance as Ariel. She shines brightly, delivering one of the best performances ever seen in a Disney live-action adaptation.
According to Hauer-King, Bailey is an “extraordinary” actress who is able to carry the weight of the film on her shoulders “gracefully.” He also praises her as an incredible friend, both in front of and behind the camera. Hauer-King goes on to say that he believes people will be amazed by Bailey’s performance in the film. Hauer-King said, “She is so talented. She carries the weight of this film [The Little Mermaid] on her shoulders so gracefully. She was an incredible friend to me, both in front of and behind the camera. People will be amazed by her.”
The film follows the youngest of King Triton’s daughters, Ariel (Halle Bailey) a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. Longing to find out more about the world beyond the sea, Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King). Following her heart, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to experience life on land.
The Little Mermaid is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay written by David Magee. The film is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film of the same name. Starring Halle Bailey in the titular role, alongside Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy.