After a month of waddling in the cinemas, Disney’s The Little Mermaid has swum to half a billion.
The live-action remake of the original animated film has grossed US$270 million domestically, and another US$229 overseas, bringing its total global haul to US$499.3 million. The Little Mermaid will pass US$500 million today and is expected to conclude its global run with an estimate of US$525 million.
The Little Mermaid had a rather rough start. The casting of 23-year-old Black actress Halle Bailey as the titular character Ariel caused a stir and lead to a wave of racist remarks. Changes to song lyrics also caused unhappiness amongst certain viewers.
Aside from Bailey, The Little Mermaid also stars Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. Also part of the cast is Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle and Javier Bardem as King Triton.
The Little Mermaid sees the youngest of King Triton’s daughters, Ariel – a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure – longing to find out more about the world beyond the sea. Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric and makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to experience life on land.