“The Little Mermaid” Makes a Splash With Huge Memorial Day Opening

Halle Bailey in
Halle Bailey in "The Little Mermaid"

After years in the making, The Little Mermaid finally hit the theatres last week—and it was worth the wait! Disney’s latest live-action remake made a splash with a huge Memorial Day opening and grossed $118 million domestically during its opening weekend.

According to the Box Office Mojo, The Little Mermaid brought in $117.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $68.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $185.8 million. The international numbers are slightly lower than expected, and experts believe these numbers can be attributed to review bombing overseas.

IMDB also noticed the unusual voting activity and switched to alternate weighting calculations instead of using raw data averages to keep the rating more valid.

“Although we accept and consider all votes received by users, not all votes have the same impact (or ‘weight’) on the final rating. When unusual voting activity is detected, an alternate weighting calculation may be applied in order to preserve the reliability of our system,” reads their official statement.

The Little Mermaid was mostly met with positive reviews from the critics following its premiere on May 26. It holds a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 95%, and the critics singled out Halle Bailey’s performance as the best aspect of the film.