The Little Mermaid becomes the best fan-rated live-action Disney film of all time after making a whopping $118 million on opening weekend
- READ MORE: Halle Bailey is sensational as Ariel in Disney’s $250 million live action remake of The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid reboot has become the best fan-rated live-action Disney movie on Rotten Tomatoes.
The musical, which was released on Friday, currently boasts a whopping 95 percent approval rate from more than 5000 ratings.
It eclipses the previous record of Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, which has a 57 percent audience rating.
The live-action remake, which is also mixed with CGI animation, stars Halle Bailey playing the leading role of Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as sea witch Ursula and Jonah Hauer-King portraying Prince Eric.
Despite a backlash over Halle’s casting, the movie topped the box office at the number one spot over Memorial Day weekend with a whopping debut of an estimated $118 million.
One to watch: The Little Mermaid becomes the best fan-rated live-action Disney film of all time after making a whopping $118 million on opening weekend
The movie is expected to make $118 million in the domestic markets, making it the fifth highest Memorial Day opening in history, per Variety.
Last year in 2022, Top Gun: Maverick became the number one highest grossing film to debut over the Memorial Day weekend at $160.5 million, per The Hollywood Reporter.
One person contributing to the sales was Halle herself, who went to see the film in the cinema but in full disguise.
She documented her escapades on TikTok, letting her more than two million followers see how she managed to vanish into the crowd.
Halle popped on a face mask ostensibly for COVID-19 reasons, and as an added precaution obscured her face even further with sunglasses.
Despite winning over the audience, the film has scored mixed reviews from critics, and currently sits at a 67 percent approval rating.
While some experts claimed it was close to being ‘the best live action Disney movie’ and praised Halle’s performance as Ariel, others insisted it ‘can’t’ escape its animated legacy.
Halle has also revealed how she broke down watching videos of children gleefully reacting to her playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid live action film.
The actress, 23, discussed the black representation in the film during an interview with Glamour magazine.
Cast: The live-action remake, which is also mixed with CGI animation, stars Halle Bailey playing the leading role of Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as sea witch Ursula (pictured)
During the chat, Halle touched on the emotional videos of young girls seeing a black woman as a Disney princess and how she managed to keep her own identity during filming for the remake.
When asked about the videos, Halle said: ‘When I saw those for the first time, I just cried. I was sobbing uncontrollably. The fact that these babies are looking at me and feeling the emotions that they’re feeling is a really humbling, beautiful thing.’
She compared the feeling when Anika Noni Rose played Tiana in the Princess and the Frog in 2009, saying: ‘I know how much of that movie changed my whole perspective on life. Wow, this is possible. Black princesses are possible.
She added: ‘We deserve to take up these spaces too.’
Guess who? One person contributing to the sales was Halle herself, who went to see the film in the cinema but in full disguise
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