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Elemental brings the heat and shatters The Little Mermaid Disney Plus movie record

Elementary broke a Disney Plus movie milestone just a week later The little Mermaid he had set a new all-time record for the serve.

Pixar’s latest feature, which joined Disney’s main streamer only on September 13, brought the heat to the end The little Mermaidit’s brief reign as the most-watched Disney Plus movie of all time.

Second The Walt Disney Company, Elementary was viewed 26.4 million times in its first five days on one of the world’s top streaming services. That’s almost double that number The little Mermaid accumulated, with the latter gaining 16 million views in its first five days on the platform.

What makes Elementary‘s success is even more impressive because this is the second time Disney Plus’ most-streamed movie record has been broken in seven days. Before The little Mermaid made its debut on Disney Plus on September 6 Hocus Pocus 2 it had enjoyed an 11-month run as the streamer’s most-watched film. The little Mermaid swam to the surface to set a new Disney Plus movie record, usurping it Hocus Pocus 2 in the process. Now, however, the film starring Hailee Bailey has been reversed Elementary.

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ElementaryThe assault on the Disney Plus movie ratings also marks an incredible turning point for the film directed by Peter Sohn. After the release of the official trailer in March, we suggested Elementary‘s wildly impressive visuals have made it a hit in the 2023 animated film awards race. Pixar is renowned for making films with jaw-dropping visuals, so there was never any doubt about their quality Elementary I would look.

However, the animated film did not have a good start in theaters. Mixed critical reviews and competition from other highly anticipated new films, including Indiana Jones5, Transformers: Rise of the BeastsAND The flash led to poor initial ticket sales for Elementary.

That put it on track to become the biggest undersuccess in Pixar history until, surprisingly, it recovered – likely thanks to positive word of mouth – and ended its theatrical run with a global haul of nearly $500 million . These figures make it the ninth highest-grossing film of 2023 so far.

Of all the new Disney Plus films that have recently joined the platform, therefore, Elementary it is by far the most successful. It was washed away The little Mermaidwith ease, it replaced another Pixar film: the critically acclaimed 2022 film Turning red – as the most-watched animated film ever on Disney Plus, and enjoyed an unlikely turnaround that most films would be proud of.

Not bad for a film that some observers have called the worst film Pixar has ever made, huh? Expect it to join our best Disney Plus movie guide in the coming weeks. Oh, and if you want to stream Elementary for a fraction of the usual Disney Plus price, you can sign up for a three-month subscription to the service now for just $1.99/£1.99. But be quick! The deal ends tomorrow (September 20), so take full advantage of the discount before it rises in a blaze of glory.

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