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“The Little Mermaid” Takes Top Spot Domestically Over Holiday Weekend

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Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” has come in at #1 at the domestic box office for this Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, but it’s not all good news for the film worldwide.


In the U.S., “The Little Mermaid” rang up an estimated $117.5 million at the box office over the 4-day holiday weekend (which could go higher depending on Monday’s actual totals).

According to industry site Box Office Mojo, the film played on 4,320 screens in a variety of formats.


The worldwide markets were a bit of a mixed bag for the film this weekend, with a total of $68.3 million in box office for “The Little Mermaid” from international markets.

This brings the film’s global opening weekend to $185.8 million.

In some markets, like United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, and Italy, “The Little Mermaid” grabbed top spot at the box office.

However it was tough going for this new version of the classic tale, especially in China where racism causes Black-led films to do poorly compared to Asian or White-led films.

Negative review bombing was also a problem in some markets. IMDB in the UK, Brazil and Mexico, as well as AlloCiné in France, posted advisories during this opening weekend when negative user reviews appeared in questionable large numbers, some even before the film was released.

On IMDB, a warning reads: “Our rating mechanism has detected unusual voting activity on this title. To preserve the reliability of our rating system, an alternate weighting calculation has been applied.”

It’s a shame, really.

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Disney In the Top 20

Disney-related titles actually held four of the top 20 spots domestically over the holiday weekend.

While “The Little Mermaid” grabbed the top spot, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” grabbed the third spot in its fourth week of release with $25.3 million. This brings the film’s global tally to $731 million.

Marvel has a second film in the list, with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” hanging in at #13 in its 15th week of release. Considering it’s already streaming on Disney+, and only showing in 30 theaters, that’s quite an achievement.

Finally, Searchlight Pictures’ historical biopic “Chevalier” grabbed the 17th spot in its sixth week of release.


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