The Little Mermaid has had quite a lot of media coverage, though some of it is positive, the majority of it is just negativity surrounding choices made by the production team even before its release. With the movie finally in theaters, it is doing extremely well, much to the surprise and disappointment of its haters.
Haters have been criticizing each and every aspect of the movie, but the majority of this hate has to do with the fact that Disney decided to cast Halle Bailey, who is African American, as Arielle, the mermaid princess. In the 1989 animated version of the movie, the character of Arielle is Caucasian, so a lot of racially inclined people were quite upset with this choice
The Little Mermaid Crosses The $500 Million Mark
The Little Mermaid has been out for a month now and it has just crossed the $500 million mark in its revenue, making it the fifth highest-grossing movie of 2023. The movie made $270 million domestically, and another $229 million internationally. This is also a big deal as the film had a budget of $250 million, meaning it has made double its budget even though the movie was written off as a flop months before its release.
However, every achievement this movie has made has been discredited by its haters, which has caused fans to challenge them by asking what new excuse they have come up with to criticize its success.
Fans React To The Little Mermaid Crossing $500 Million Worldwide
After the news that The Little Mermaid has crossed the $500 million mark hit Twitter, haters were quick to discredit this achievement and make up excuses for its success, stating that the movie will not cross the one billion mark. They were also confused as to why the movie was successful, claiming it to be bad and not deserving of its success.
I wonder what’s the next excuse will be pic.twitter.com/o00596sz0Z
— 📍SNESH📍 (@SNESH921) June 25, 2023
within under a month too pic.twitter.com/J1eMacGDjc
— ~ (@hopfiIms) June 25, 2023
It’s still hasn’t broke even. What are people celebrating?
— Campbell (@acam1215) June 26, 2023
Bye Bye racist jerk haters…
— Ayidan (@Ayidan9) June 25, 2023
The Little Mermaid making $500 Million WW, less than a month after its release despite all the competition, nitpicking and racism >>>>>>>
— Hokage 🇧🇷 (@ChevKC) June 25, 2023
Halle Berry’s couple interviews I have seen are so sweet. You can tell she really enjoyed doing this film and the whole experience, despite the stupid controversy that people were trying to make. I hope we see a lot more of her in the future.
— David Brown (@DavidBr06588420) June 26, 2023
Fans, however, were even faster in calling out these people, stating that they were just looking for reasons to criticize the movie. Many were celebrating this news as it was predicted that the movie would severely underperform while some were excited that movie hit this mark despite being in theaters for only a month.