"The Little Mermaid" Debuts With $118 Million 

A live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid" topped the Memorial Day weekend box office,  

35 years after the animated version of the charming tale of Ariel, a flame-haired ...

...siren of the sea who falls in love with a prince, delighted moviegoers. 

The Disney film is expected to gross a whopping $118 million in its first four days of release, 

$96 million of which will come in the first three days. 

The opening on Memorial Day was the fifth-highest in history.

Many of the same moviegoers who first fell in love with Ariel when she appeared on the big screen in 1988 gave the movie a boost, 

as well as generations of fans who weren't alive when the original premiered but were nonetheless weaned on the film from its numerous appearances on DVD, 

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