20 Juli 2024

The Little Mermaid Swims to the Top of VOD Charts

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Ariel has become a part of our world with the continued success of The Little Mermaid. The Disney remake performed well in theaters, managing to surpass $564 million at the global box office with expectations of reaching $600 by the end of its run. After the film was made available for digital download on July 25, it has found more success with viewers at home, winding up at the top of the lists of the digital charts.

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Per IndieWire, The Little Mermaid is in the No. 1 spot on the digital charts for iTunes, followed by The Super Mario Bros. Movie and The Flash in second and third. The top two are the same on Google Play, though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 pushed The Flash down to No. 4 on that list. Meanwhile, The Little Mermaid is No. 1 on Vudu’s digital chart as well, while The Flash and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts respectively make up the rest of the top three.

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The Little Mermaid has been pulling in some big bucks in theaters, though the ultimate success of the film will come down to how much extra it will get from its digital sales. While it’s projected to reach around $600 million, the film had a budget of $250 million and reported marketing costs of around $140 million. With added revenue coming in from at-home viewing, the film is still expected to be a success for Disney, though not quite as much as some of the House of Mouse’s other live-action remakes, with Aladdin and The Lion King both surpassing $1 billion in theaters.

The Little Mermaid Is a Hit on VOD

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Halle Bailey stars as Ariel in the new version of The Little Mermaid, joined by Jonah Hauer-King as Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Javier Bardem as King Triton. Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, and Jacob Tremblay also respectively provide the voices of Sebastian, Scuttle, and Flounder. Rob Marshall directed the feature film with a screenplay by David Magee. Original composer Alan Menken returned to create new music for the remake alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda.

For the home media release, a new sing-along version was also created for The Little Mermaid. That will allow viewers of all ages to sing along to their favorites songs with lyrics displayed on the screen. The special features will also include song breakdowns along with other featurettes and bonuses providing a deeper look behind the scenes. That goes from recreating the classic tunes from the animated version up to casting the film’s cast of characters, including the story of how Bailey secured her casting very early on as the first person to audition for Ariel.

Now available digitally, The Little Mermaid is set to be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on Sept. 19, 2023. As for when the film might be streaming on Disney+, no date has been announced, but it’s not expected to arrive on the service until after the release of the home media version, based on previous releases.