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Box Office Report: Poor Unfortunate Remakes

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | May 29, 2023 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | May 29, 2023 |


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Nostalgia is a powerful beast, and nobody knows that better than Disney, the company that ruthlessly weaponized its potential for decades and made it into a trillion-dollar business. For the past 13 years or so, their live-action remakes of their animated classics have brought in record-breaking grosses. Sure, the reviews are typically middling to awful, and we could be here all day talking about how the company doesn’t give a hoot about its artistic legacy, but the numbers speak for themselves. Everything is content and content is everything. That’s the case for their newest remake, The Little Mermaid. The 1989 classic kicked off the Disney renaissance of the ’90s and essentially saved the company. This new version doesn’t have such weighty expectations atop his fins, but I’m sure Disney will be happy with its performance nonetheless.

According to Box Office Mojo, the movie made $95.5 million from 4,320 theatres this weekend. Variety says it earned $118 million over the four day weekend, which makes it the fifth highest Memorial Day opening in history. Audiences loved it. Reviews were reasonably strong. And that original film is beloved, so this felt like a safe bet.

It was certainly enough to overtake Fast X, which fell to second place with a 65.7% drop from its opening week. Vin Diesel’s saga now has $512.9 million in the bank worldwide, with 77% of its gross coming from international grosses. Some franchises are for domestic audiences. Others are not. This one’s never been reliant on home-grown crowds.

The comedy The Machine debuted at number five with $4.9 million from 2,409 theatres. That puts it one spot ahead of About my Father, the comedy starring Robert De Niro, which earned $4.25 million from 2,409 theatres. Both outdid the newest Gerard Butler joint, Kandahar, a.k.a. the one that isn’t Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, with $2.41 million. Behind that was You Hurt My Feelings, Nicole Holofcener’s indie drama with Julia Louis Dreyfuss, which brought in $1,389,158 from 912 theatres.

This coming week sees the release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the horror The Boogeyman, and indie drama Past Lives.

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.