The Little Mermaid, helmed by director Rob Marshall and written by David Magee, Walt Disney Pictures, Lucamar Productions, and Marc Platt Productions join forces for a captivating live-action rendition of Disney's beloved 1989 animated classic. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's timeless 1837 fairy tale, the movie stars the talented Halle Bailey as the captivating mermaid princess Ariel. Alongside her, the stellar cast includes Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy. Dive into Ariel's extraordinary journey as she ventures into the human world and strikes a fateful bargain with the cunning sea witch Ursula, sacrificing her voice for a chance to walk on land and win the heart of Prince Eric, whom she once rescued from a shipwreck. Time ticks relentlessly as Ariel must navigate the complexities of her newfound humanity and the treacherous consequences of her pact with Ursula.


A young mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her beautiful voice for human legs so she can discover the world above water and impress a prince.

Movie Information:

Genre:  Adventure | Family| Fantasy

Release Date:  May 26, 2023 (United States)

Star Cast:  Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Noma Dumezweni

Runtime:  2h 15m

Language:  English

Country:  United States

Production Company:  Walt Disney Pictures, Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions

Distributed By:  Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures


Director:  Rob Marshall

Writers:  David Magee, Hans Christian Andersen, John Musker

Producers:  John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marc Platt

Composer:  Alan Menken

Cinematographer:  Dion Beebe

Editor:  Wyatt Smith

Production Design:  John Myhre

Box Office Collection Day Wise:

Day Date Collection
Day 1 May 26, 2023 $38,149,001
Day 2 May 27, 2023 $30,119,527
Day 3 May 28, 2023 $27,309,512
Day 4 May 29, 2023 $23,240,863
Day 5 May 30, 2023 $11,465,658
Day 6 May 31, 2023 $8,298,553
Day 7 June 1, 2023 $7,023,953
Day 8 June 2, 2023 $11,853,470
Day 9 June 3, 2023 $16,265,796
Day 10 June 4, 2023 $13,266,445
Day 11 June 5, 2023 $4,567,847
Day 12 June 6, 2023 $6,070,202
Day 13 June 7, 2023 $4,300,733
Day 14 June 8, 2023 $4,088,779
Day 15 June 9, 2023 $6,895,661
Day 16 June 10, 2023 $8,870,338
Day 17 June 11, 2023 $7,384,014
Day 18 June 12, 2023 $3,147,182
Day 19 June 13, 2023 $4,066,260
Day 20 June 14, 2023 $3,034,362
Day 21 June 15, 2023 $2,540,973
Day 22 June 16, 2023 $3,760,140
Day 23 June 17, 2023 $4,423,780
Day 24 June 18, 2023 $2,867,624
Day 25 June 19, 2023 $2,705,927

Budget and Total Box Office Collection:

Budget:  $250,000,000

Domestic:  $296,644,742

Gross Worldwide:  $561,095,752

Hit Or Flop?

"The Little Mermaid" can be considered a moderate success. While it did not generate a significant profit compared to its budget, the movie managed to surpass its production cost, earning $296,644,742 domestically and $561,095,752 worldwide. Additionally, with an IMDb rating of 7.2, it received relatively positive reviews from the audience. Overall, it can be categorized as a modest hit rather than a blockbuster, considering its financial performance and reception.


"The Little Mermaid" (2023) dives into the challenge of bringing a beloved fairytale to life, and director Rob Marshall does an admirable job in this ambitious endeavor. With Halle Bailey gracefully donning the iconic role of Ariel, the film begins with the enchanting majesty of the ocean, setting the stage for an immersive experience. Jonah Hauer-King's portrayal of Prince Eric goes beyond the usual stereotype, giving depth to his character, highlighted by a beautiful new song co-written by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The live-action adaptation deviates from the animated classic in some intriguing ways. Instead of a singing introduction, Triton's daughters now convene to discuss their activities, emphasizing Ariel's absence. This change adds a layer of importance to Ariel's character and makes her rendition of "Part of Your World" all the more poignant. While some may find fault in the CGI renderings of Ariel's animal companions, Melissa McCarthy's captivating portrayal of Ursula, the sea witch, is undoubtedly a highlight.

Director Marshall expands the story by delving into Eric's backstory and his island's culture, effectively adding depth to the narrative. The gender-bent Scuttle, voiced by Awkwafina, adds a refreshing twist to the character dynamics. However, the interpretation of Flounder and Sebastian may leave some fans yearning for the adorable qualities of their animated counterparts.

The film resonates with a modern audience by placing emphasis on Ariel's voice, both metaphorically and literally. Ariel's struggle to be heard by her father, King Triton, is central to the story, and her journey towards self-expression becomes a powerful theme. The emotional payoff comes when Triton finally listens to his daughter, allowing her to pursue her desires.

"The Little Mermaid" enchants with over two hours of stunning underwater visuals and timeless songs that have been cherished for decades. Halle Bailey shines as Ariel, captivating viewers with her bright voice and embodying the curiosity and innocence of the sea princess. While there are some hits and misses with the CGI companions, Melissa McCarthy's Ursula is a standout villain, stealing scenes with her campy brilliance. Overall, the film is a delightful blend of nostalgia and fresh perspective, destined to make a splash with audiences of all ages. Don't let fear deter you from diving into this modernized oceanic tale; missing this gem would indeed be unfortunate.