Aladdin star Mena Massoud has found himself in hot water after sharing his thoughts on the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
Massoud, known for his role as Aladdin in the 2019 remake, commented on the film’s potential box office success and rewatchability, sparking outrage among fans. While his comments have been criticized, the question remains whether The Little Mermaid can surpass Aladdin’s box office performance.
Massoud’s Controversial Remarks: On Twitter, Massoud responded to a user’s post speculating about The Little Mermaid’s box office potential. He expressed doubt that the film would cross the billion-dollar mark but suggested it would likely receive a sequel. Massoud’s remarks about the film’s rewatchability drew criticism from fans, leading to him deleting his Twitter account.
Comparing Box Office Prospects: While Massoud’s comments were unfounded, comparisons between The Little Mermaid and Aladdin are inevitable.
The original Aladdin remake grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing live-action Disney remake. However, the original Aladdin film outgrossed the original Little Mermaid by over $100 million.
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Positive Box Office Projections: Early opening weekend projections for The Little Mermaid are promising, with estimates around $115 million. If the film achieves this figure, it would surpass the entire domestic run of the original Little Mermaid in just three days. Screen Rant’s analysis of May 2023’s Most Anticipated titles also placed The Little Mermaid second, only behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Competition and Potential Success: The Little Mermaid faces competition from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, releasing the following weekend. However, Aladdin encountered a similar challenge when it was released alongside Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019.
If The Little Mermaid maintains its slight edge over Aladdin’s opening weekend, it has a good chance of reaching the billion-dollar mark and surpassing its predecessor’s total.
Conclusion: Mena Massoud’s comments on The Little Mermaid remake have sparked controversy among fans. While his remarks about the film’s rewatchability were criticized, the box office projections for The Little Mermaid look promising. With strong early estimates and positive anticipation, the film has the potential to surpass Aladdin’s success and achieve the coveted billion-dollar milestone.