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Box Office: ‘The Little Mermaid’ Makes $10.3 Million in Previews

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Jordan Moreau Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” is beginning its box office swim with $10.3million in previews.

It opens in 4,320 theaters on Friday. Thursday’s preview haul is the seventh-highest ever for a G- or PG-rated movie. “The Little Mermaid” also picked up $850,000 from Wednesday early access screenings.

Starring singer and actor Halle Bailey as Ariel, the new movie is projected to open with $100 million this holiday weekend. With Memorial Day on Monday, its four-day total could land between $120 million and $125 million. “The Little Mermaid” is expected to make a big splash as one of Disney’s more successful live-action remakes.

In comparison, Disney’s most recent remake, the 2019 photorealistic and computer animated “The Lion King,” roared with a $191 million opening from $23 million in previews.

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