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The Little Mermaid Splashes Towards A $125 Million Holiday Weekend At The Box Office

Though Disney had produced a few live-action remakes in the more distant past, like “101 Dalmations,” the current era of “reimaginings” (the preferred Disney branding) kicked off in 2010 with Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” — still one of the most successful releases so far, grossing more than $1 billion at the international box office. The current reigning champion at the box office is “The Lion King,” which grossed $1.656 billion. Like “The Little Mermaid,” it received mixed reviews from critics, but an “A” CinemaScore from audience polling.

If “Little Mermaid” remains on track for that three-day weekend total of $104 million, it will just about edge out “The Jungle Book” ($103.6 million) to claim the fourth-biggest opening for a Disney live-action remake. That’s a good place to be: the tale of Mowgli the man-cub grossed $966.5 million by the end of its theatrical run. 

It’s worth noting, however, that a lot rests on the international box office, since the most successful Disney live-action remakes have made 60-70 percent of their worldwide totals overseas. With the foreign box office for “The Little Mermaid” looking somewhat soft compared to its domestic opening, it’s unlikely to make “Jungle Book” money — but it is looking like another success story for Disney nonetheless. With a production budget of $200 million, it needs to clear around $500 million to break even, and it should do so easily.

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