每日英語跟讀 Ep.K585: Disney's "The Little Mermaid" Makes a Splash with $117 Million Opening Weekend at US Box Office
Disney's live-action adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" made a big splash at the US box office, raking in an impressive $117.5 million during its opening weekend. This marked the fifth-best opening in the history of Memorial Day weekends, according to Box Office Mojo.
迪士尼的《小美人魚》真人改編電影在美國票房大放異彩，首映的週末取得了1.175億美元的驚人成績。根據票房資料網站 Box Office Mojo 的數據，這是美國陣亡將士紀念日（每年五月最後一個星期一）週末票房歷史上排名第五的首映成績。
Starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, the remake of the beloved 1989 Disney animated classic received mixed reviews from critics. While Bailey's portrayal of the iconic character was widely praised, the overall reception of the movie was somewhat divided. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, only 67% of critics gave the film a positive rating.
However, audiences had a different perspective, with an overwhelming 95% expressing their approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Interestingly, IMDb had to make adjustments to some of its overseas ratings due to review-bombing incidents targeting the movie. Such controversies arose from the decision to cast a black actress as Ariel, with right-wing media and social platforms becoming a platform for racist tropes and discussions.
Director Rob Marshall responded to the criticism, dismissing the complaints about casting a black actor as "small-minded" in an interview with Vanity Fair. He emphasized the importance of representation in popular culture and how casting a black actress as Ariel could positively impact black children. Disney has previously cast actors of different races for characters originally portrayed as white, such as Brandy as Cinderella in 1997's remake.
Despite the controversy, "The Little Mermaid" achieved remarkable success over the Memorial Day weekend, ranking among the highest-grossing films for that holiday. Box Office Mojo reported that it fell short of last year's "Top Gun Maverick" with $160 million, but still surpassed the earnings of other films like "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and "X-Men: The Last Stand."
儘管有爭議，但《小美人魚》在陣亡將士紀念日的週末取得了驚人的成功，成為該節日票房最高的電影之一。 Box Office Mojo 報導說，該片未能超越去年的《捍衛戰士：獨行俠》獲得的1.6億美元票房，但仍然超過了其他電影如《神鬼奇航3：世界的盡頭》、《印第安納瓊斯：水晶骷髏王國》和《X戰警：最後戰役》的票房。
When considering international ticket sales, "The Little Mermaid" reached a total of $185.8 million during its opening weekend. This highlights the global appeal and popularity of Disney's live-action remakes. The film's success not only signifies the enduring charm of the original story but also showcases the impact of diverse casting choices in the modern film industry.
Reference article: https://edition.cnn.com/2023/05/29/media/little-mermaid-box-office/index.html