Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has opened to a strong $185.8 million worldwide, including $117.5 million from the domestic market and $68.3 million from international markets.
The film, which stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, opened on Memorial Day weekend in the United States and Canada, earning an estimated $95.4 million over the four-day holiday period.
The film’s opening weekend gross is the fifth-highest of all time for a Memorial Day weekend release.
Opening in 51 markets and earning an estimated $68.3 million. The film’s top international markets were Mexico ($8.5 million), Australia ($4 million), and the United Kingdom ($6.3 million).
However, the film had a weak opening in several Asian countries, including China, Japan, and South Korea. In China, the film earned just $12.6 million; in Japan, it earned $10.4 million; in South Korea, it earned $7.2 million.
The weak opening in Asian countries is likely due to several factors, including the film’s mixed reviews from critics and the fact that it competes against the Fast & Furious sequel, FAST X.
Despite the weak opening in some Asian countries, The Little Mermaid is still a critical and commercial success. The film has a 68% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned over $185.8 million worldwide.
The film will surely be a hit with audiences of all ages and will likely continue to perform well at the box office in the coming weeks.