'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks

Posted June 05, 2017

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" secured the No. 1 spot at the box office this three-day weekend and pulled in over $62 million. That's a rough start by most measures, and there's not much of an overseas box office to look at yet.

This is keeping with the trend that we've seen with openings for previous movies in the franchise. Add in domestic ticket sales, and it's an even $10 million behind Beauty and the Beast. Moreover, studios are hoping to make millions with big action extravaganzas. Here in America, Dead Men Tell No Tales will score around $77 million over the four-day frame, and around $63 million over the three-day weekend, good for the fifth best weekend of the year, just ahead of Kong: Skull Island. "But we do feel bullish about the global marketplace, where Baywatch opened this weekend in Taiwan to great numbers and well ahead of 22 Jump Street and Central Intelligence". This time around, it's Johnson, an experienced and devoted lifeguard, who butts heads with a new recruit, Efron, until they uncover a criminal plot.

The rebooted property should land a four-day holiday weekend haul of US$22 million.

Alien: Covenant will be Fourth at the box office this weekend.

Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was made for $200 million and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, and Kurt Russell. Its four day total should be about $7.6 million.

Baywatch will be the Number Two film this weekend. Universals “Fate of the Furious” became the sixth film to earn over $1 billion overseas.

Both movies were savaged by critics, with the New York Times' A.O. Scott saying of "Pirates": "This movie would be a rip-off even if someone paid you to see it". As a result, the movie has earned an estimated $333.2 million domestically, and an estimated $783.3 million worldwide so far - already more than its predecessor's total earnings ($773 million) at the end of its run. While that downward trend in opening weekends suggests diminishing interest in the series among USA audiences, the opposite is true at the foreign box office.