The Little Mermaid is nearing the end of its theatrical run (or swim). However, Disney’s newest live-action remake of an animated classic continues to pass milestones at the box office. Over the weekend it surpassed some new milestones. For many who watched the films original opening numbers, some of these numbers were somewhat surprising.
On the domestic front, The Little Mermaid passed the $250 million mark. It now has garnered $253 million domestically. Internationally, the film passed the $200 million mark and has now earned $212 million. In total, this means the film has made more than $450 million globally and currently sits at $465 million. While this isn’t record breaking, with some of the challenges the film saw internationally it is definitely respectable.
The Little Mermaid does not look like it will be able to do the numbers of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, or Alice in Wonderland. All of these films surpassed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It could, however, perhaps catch up with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil which garnered $494 million during its global box office run. It could also possibly reach $300 million domestically and $500 million globally if it can just keep swimming.
The results for The Little Mermaid at the global box office are not as strong as Disney most-likely anticipated for the film. Most of this is due to the weakness of the overseas box office results. In general, these big live-action films need to make double their budget to break even. In this case, The Little Mermaid had a reported $250 million budget. If the film does pass the half-billion dollar mark globally, it would just be breaking even by that assumption.
The Little Mermaid Description
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.
What do you think of The Little Mermaid’s box office results? Do you think it should have done better or worse? Read Daps Magic’s review of this film here and share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.