Following weak box office performances for re-releases of "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D, Walt Disney Studios has canceled plans for a 3-D "The Little Mermaid" in September.
The underwater animated hit from 1989 was the fourth and final 3-D re-release for which Disney announced plans in late 2011 after "The Lion King" proved a surprise hit in the format, grossing nearly $100 million in the U.S. and Canada.
But "The Lion King" turned out to be an anomaly, as the three follow-ups grossed far less. "Beauty and the Beast" took in $47.6 million last January, "Finding Nemo" $40.7 million in September, and "Monsters, Inc." only $30.5 million since its Dec. 19 release.
Though 3-D conversions cost only a few million dollars each, those weak box office performances are not enough for Disney to justify the marketing expense of a nationwide release.
Disney had already begun work on the 3-D conversion of "The Little Mermaid" in November, the studio's animation chief creative officer, John Lasseter, said in an interview at the time.
Smh at Disney rn, I can't imagine them not foreseeing that those Pixar films were never gonna make as much bank as TLK. TLK is a fucking legend that hasn't been on screen since it came out, of course it was going to make a ton of cash. Even BatB has already been re released a few times.
GDI I WANTED MY LITTLE MERMAID IN THE BIG SCREEN, OKAY? FUCK THIS