Many believe that once a film leaves the cinema and reaches streaming platforms, it is practically all sold out. But it is not at all like that. We have a good example now with The little Mermaid: Disney’s live-action film, which many already considered “archived” and which arrived last week in the company’s on-demand content catalogue, has just broken a record on the service, showing that it still had some juice left. These are your new numbers.
The Little Mermaid, Disney’s most controversial film
To say that The little Mermaid premiered with a certain stir is an understatement, very short. As soon as it became known that Halle Bailey would be in charge of giving life to Ariel, a great debate began online and offline about whether a black actress should play a role that she had traditionally been white. The release of the teaser and the subsequent trailer, Far from calming the waters, they fueled the controversy, with people who took their personal fight for supposed “respect” for the original character very seriously.
Once the film was released in theaters, there was everything: people who decided to give it a chance and audiences who chose to stick to their guns and boycott the proposal directed by Rob Marshall. The criticism It didn’t help either. And leaving aside the controversy, the truth is that the film sometimes becomes a bit long, feeling that it has been filled in excessively, not all the characters are up to the task (despite having great actors behind them) and In the end it feels like Halle Bailey is the only one who saves the furniture from total disaster.
With such a track record, it was to be expected that The little Mermaid will reach Disney+ and it will pass without pain or glory, but nothing could be further from reality since the film has been a revolution on the platform and is already setting its own records.
resounding success on Disney+
It’s been almost a week since The little Mermaid It premiered worldwide in the Disney+ catalog. She did it, as we said, without great pretensions or hopes and ended up keeping everyone’s mouths shut.
According to the firm, the title has collected 16 million views throughout the planet during its first five days streaming, a figure that is at least striking for a film with the trajectory that we have remembered. It is clear that many therefore preferred not to spend the money on the cinema for fear of disappointment, but they were still curious to see what the Ariel in the flesh that Disney proposed to us was like.
This number is worth The little Mermaid to consider its premiere as the most viewed on the content servicewithin Disney films, only behind Hocus Pocus 2 (Return of the Witches 2 in Spain), which is not bad at all.
And you, have you also been one of those who fell into seeing it this weekend?