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‘The Little Mermaid’: What the Media Isn’t Telling You About the Film’s Box Office Performance

From the moment the public learned Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid would race-swap the title character Ariel, the film has been the subject of both controversy and excessive praise.

Disney’s live-action remakes have consistently adjusted the original material to appeal to current sensibilities and to make casting less white and the content more woke. Naturally, Disney purists who cherish the classic 1989 animated film and wanted a more faithful adaptation of the story were a bit perturbed. While there’s no doubt that Halle Bailey, the actress playing Ariel, is extremely talented, it was a puzzling move for a story based on a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

Still, it gave the media exactly what it wanted: a pretext to accuse right-wing viewers of racism. Disney, meanwhile, saw dollar signs as its woke audience would be clamoring to prove just how anti-racist they are and flock to the theaters to see this movie.

Well, the movie itself clearly isn’t great. Despite the race-swapping and the woke tweaks to the content, professional critics didn’t gush over the film as you would have expected. As of this writing, the film has a 67% rating from critics tracked by Rotten Tomatoes. The audience score is 95%, but those reviews appear to be filtered and may not accurately reflect the views of all those who have reviewed the movie on the site.

Nevertheless, just like with the presidency of Barack Obama, the media has decided that the new version of The Little Mermaid must be seen as a success, and there is a seemingly endless string of articles touting its box office haul and making it out to be some record-breaking film.

“Disney‘s live-action remake of its 1989 animated classic easily outswam the competition, bringing in $95.5 million on 4,320 screens in North America, according to studio estimates Sunday,” wrote the Associated Press. “And Disney estimates the film starring Halle Bailey as the titular mermaid Ariel and Melissa McCarthy as her sea witch nemesis Ursula will reach $117.5 million by the time the holiday is over. It ranks as the fifth biggest Memorial Day weekend opening ever.”

No one will say this was a bad performance, but a little context is necessary. Despite all the hype surrounding The Little Mermaid, and the benefit of a long weekend opening, it failed to top The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s opening weekend domestic box office of $204.6 million. Comparing apples to apples, The Little Mermaid made $95.5 million, excluding its Memorial Day take. Ouch.

So, to put it another way, The Super Mario Bros. Movie made more than double what The Little Mermaid did over the same period of time. But, the media is presenting The Little Mermaid as some box office record breaker. It’s not. Disney remains dethroned as the box office king.

  • MBeached says:

    Let’s be totally honest! The ONLY people raising hell about certain WOKE ideologies every day is The Democrat Party, certain black influencers like the Jesse Jackson/Stacy Abrams crowd and the media including social apps WOKE side. Not to mention the ever forever racism that comes out of the Democrat Party.

    Racism is a great business if you want to make lots of money. The media eats this crap up and when circulation/viewers start dropping the MEDIA, or Biden, just stirs the pot a little or accuses someone of being a racist. When the media picks up on it they will falsely accuse and destroy that person/group. They think this is their ACE IN THE HOLE.

    Talk to an real Patriotic American and you’ll see what I mean. Generally, racism has fallen to the roadside. You will never hear a conservative patriot bring racism accusations into a conversation unless it is something in reference to Democrat statement or action.
    Example? Critical Race Theory (CRT)

  • Laura says:

    Black washing everything. It’s racist and needs to stop. Will continue to refuse to watch. Paid to see the broadway show RENT. Every damn person was black. Zero diversity. I left. This has become absurd.

  • John says:

    CANCEL THEIR CHANNEL DONT GO ON THEIR CRUISES DONT VISIT THEIR PARKS!! I don’t support anything DISNEY!! They have lost all my money!!!

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