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The Little Mermaid Swims to a $117.5 Million Memorial Day Weekend Box Office Victory

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The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has earned the fifth-highest Memorial Day weekend opening of all time by bringing in $117.5 million in its first four days in theaters in North America.

As reported by Comscore, The Little Mermaid had a $95.4 million domestic and $68.2 million international 3-day weekend haul and its global total now sits at $185.8 million.

For comparison, the original animated The Little Mermaid opened to $6.03 million domestically in 1989 and had a global theatrical run of $211.34 million. Obviously, the box office is a much different place now, but it's an interesting comparison nonetheless via Box Office Mojo.

The Little Mermaid also is currently sitting at fifth place on the list of the best domestic openings for Disney's live-action remakes, and failed to surpass The Jungle Book ($103.26 million), Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million), Beauty and the Beast ($174.01 million), and The Lion King ($191.7 million).

In our The Little Mermaid review, we said, "Full of heart and led by a star-making performance from Halle Bailey, The Little Mermaid is an acceptable, if not always successful, adaptation of the animated original."

Fast X raced to second place with domestic earnings of $23.01 million and an international box office total of $87.25 million. With the $110.27 million earned this weekend, Fast X has crossed $507 million at the global box office. Additionally, the Fast & Furious franchise has passed $7 billion at the global box office.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 took third place with box office tickets sales amounting to $20.37 million domestically and $25.1 million internationally. Globally, the third Guardians film has earned $731.02 million.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is continuing its impressive run at the global box office and brought in another $6.3 million in North America and $13.10 million overseas for a fourth-place finish. Globally, Mario's big-screen adventure has jumped to $1.27 billion.

Rounding out the top five was The Machine, which earned $5 million domestically.

For more, check out our look at why Disney should only remake animated films that need it and our Disney song challenge with teh case and crew of The Little Mermaid.


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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