'The Little Mermaid' becomes one of Disney+'s most-watched premieres

Halle Bailey plays Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." File Photo by Greg Grudt/UPI
1 of 5 | Halle Bailey plays Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." File Photo by Greg Grudt/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The Little Mermaid has become one of the most-watched film premieres on Disney+.

Disney said in a press release Monday that the live-action musical starring Halle Bailey had the most-viewed Disney movie premiere on Disney+ since Hocus Pocus 2 in 2022.


The Little Mermaid was released Sept. 6 on Disney+ and drew 16 million views in its first five days of streaming.

The film opened in theaters in May and had a strong theatrical run, becoming one of the top five highest-grossing films of the summer domestically with nearly $300 million in receipts.

The Little Mermaid is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1989 animated film of the same name.

Bailey stars as the mermaid Ariel, with Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Noma Dumezweni as Queen Selina.

Other films coming to Disney+ include the Disney-Pixar animated film Elemental and the supernatural horror comedy The Haunted Mansion.


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Halle Bailey (L) and Chloe Bailey, of Chloe x Halle, arrive for the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., on February 22, 2014. The sisters are almost two years apart in age. Chloe's birthday is July 1, 1998 and Halle's is March 27, 2000. Photo by Ken Matsui/UPI | License Photo

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