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I might eat my words but the promo around this the last few weeks has made it feel like it's going to go from decent numbers to Summer blockbuster, and Halle's charm has a lot to do with it.
 
the new Little Mermaid is… it’s surprisingly stunning. the very best moments of it might even surpass the original animated one, something I didn’t expect from it at all. we could nitpick it into shreds, and i might be tempted to on repeat viewings - but if you’re just down for the ride you’ll find it’s full of spectacle, and romance, and joy. had the best time seeing it today!
 
Watched The Little Mermaid earlier today and really loved it. Halle was great as Ariel and even when she was silent for a good chunk of the movie, she was still eating. Girl can EMOTE!!

I also thought Melissa MotherCarthy did a fantastic job as Ursula. I know there was ~discourse~ around her casting but she did really well. She was genuinely scary and funny. I think she said on a red carpet that she drew inspiration from the queens on drag race which was evident in her performance.

I really hope this smashes at the box office. The promo for it feel huge and after the abhorrent abuse Halle got when it was first announced she would be Ariel, I would love to see all the racist shitbags get mad as she makes B A N K.
 
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It's off to a good start.

An 'A' cinemascore in the states, so should have good word of mouth, and a $38M take on Friday.

That's up from Aladdin's $31M. Should take about $110M for the 3 day weekend.

However, as expected, it has been totally shut out in all Asian markets. Single figure millions there, with less than $3M in China for the whole weekend. A total disaster for Disney there, but one they would have been expecting.
 
For all the negativity that's surrounded this film with talk of bad effects and casting choices, they totally delivered in every way conceivable. It was the most immersive Disney live action yet. Melissa completely chewed up Ursula and Halle Bailey was literally born to play Ariel. I sobbed.
 
I was genuinely surprised by The Little Mermaid, girlies! Halle’s truly been a blessed casting choice, Part Of Your World being the heart of the movie and giving me unexpected chills. There was a lot of heart behind the whole project.

The actresses playing Vanessa and the Queen were two highlights, and Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle were well integrated! Even though I hated the Awkwafina rap (Lin Manuel Miranda you will not see heaven) and I could’ve lived without Eric’s Bet On It solo moment of emotionalité. The CGI worked great at times and at others it didn’t hit the mark at others (but they had a difficult task with this one so I’m not gonna be too picky).
 
It's off to a good start.

An 'A' cinemascore in the states, so should have good word of mouth, and a $38M take on Friday.

That's up from Aladdin's $31M. Should take about $110M for the 3 day weekend.

However, as expected, it has been totally shut out in all Asian markets. Single figure millions there, with less than $3M in China for the whole weekend. A total disaster for Disney there, but one they would have been expecting.
 
I think it'll leg out less than usual cause it's a rammed summer but might be one of the lower performing ones. I'm sure Disney were aware of the struggles in some markets and it's merchandise/toy sales will be fire.

I do think it's worth noting that the last couple of remakes both dropped on Disney Plus (and people are increasingly happy to wait) and were also...not good. Like Mulan and Pinocchio especially were pretty despised. I'm not sure they are the guaranteed easy hits they were pre 2020.

Halle deserves the world though and I hope the nuance above is reported more than just culture war 'go woke go broke' bullshit
 
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Very frontloaded in the US. That's quite a bit under what the projections were. I hope it doesn't completely crash out now.

The global total is going to be so low for this, and it'll feed right into the "woke Disney flop" posts and absolutely vile stuff that's directed at Halle, who deserves the exact opposite of that.
 
What's the reason for it flopping so bad in Asia?
I'm not speaking for Asia as a monolith and this is very generalised but China specifically has historically had strong anti black sentiments within the film industry. They've removed black characters from posters (Star Wars notably but Across the Spiderverse ones have avoided showing Miles' face) in the past and generally yeah...it's a thing.
 
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