Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Weekend Box Office: 'Pirates' A Big Looter, 'Baywatch' A Big Loser

Johnny Depp's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", no wonder, jockeyed for the first place in all movie theatres and is anticipated to be crème de la crème and perform well during the four-day Memorial Day holiday. Notably, that weekend was helped by the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the first entry in the prequel series. (The global box office could still provide a rescue for Baywatch, though.) Instead of hitting up the beach in Baywatch, viewers instead swam to theaters to see Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which plundered $62.1 million. Baywatch cost $69 million to produce, Entertainment Weekly reports, so the film will need to score some pretty major attention from foreign audiences; here's hoping the global film community is more enthusiastic than the USA about watching Zac Efron run on a beach in slow motion.

There was a time when Memorial Day weekend was the unofficial kick off to the summer blockbuster season.

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle.

About two thirds of those ticket sales have from from the worldwide box office, $1.9 billion, while domestic grosses account for $1.1 billion.

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"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" was directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the screenplay and story was written by Jeff Nathanson. Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 - which was released on May 5th - made more than the film last weekend. After this start I'm thinking a more realistic U.S. total for the film would be $160-170 million.

The rebooted property should land a four-day holiday weekend haul of US$22 million. The live-action film starring Emma Watson recently crossed $500 million at the domestic box office.

Meanwhile, this weekend's other big release, Baywatch, debuted in third place. The space opera added $19.9 million.

Rounding out the top five are Alien: Covenant and Everything, Everything, bringing in an estimated $10.5 million and $6.2 million, respectively. Senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Variety that the overall weekend could match last year's $205 million total - which was only the 10th best of all time. Universal's "Fate of the Furious" became the sixth film to earn over $1 billion overseas.

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