Weekend box office: Pirates of the Caribbean beats Baywatch

Ross Houston
June 3, 2017

The movie starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites earned an estimated $62.2 million in its first weekend, with the Memorial Day boost bringing its estimated weekend total to $76.6 million, AceShowbiz reports. Still, Baywatch isn't getting as much help from overseas, opening in just a handful of global markets earning just $873,000 so far.

To make matters even worse for the studios, the films have nearly no chance of improving their domestic box-office rankings next weekend. The only time a studio has earned so much so quickly was Disney past year. However, the old vintage power of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom did manage to attract global viewers confirming once again that people still love seafaring flicks. After 25 days Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has $340.5 million domestically or about $87.4 million more than the first Guardians had at the same point in its box office run. That was a down from 2006's Dead Man's Chest and 2007's At World's End, which debuted with $135.6 million (£105.9 million) and $114.7 million (£89.6 million), respectively. Rotten Tomatoes now has "Baywatch" sitting at 19%, while "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is only slightly higher at 31%. Meanwhile, the animated film The Boss Baby added $1.7 million, bringing its impressive domestic total to $169 million. The bad news? Pirates and every other movie combined put up the worst Memorial Day box office performance in almost 20 years. The R-rated adaptation of the classic TV show starred Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, and Alexandra Daddario in the lead roles.

Alien: Covenant took the top spot when it debuted the prior weekend, but sank by 71% in its second weekend to take a weak fourth place overall. The film generated an estimated $4.5 million on Thursday, which includes $1.25 million from Wednesday night previews.

The Fate of the Furious became only the 6th movie in history to cross $1-B at the worldwide box office, fueled by a record-breaking $387.4-M in China.

In fifth was Everything, Everything, a romantic drama from Warner Bros., at US$6.2 million. Indeed, May will come in at least $300 million below March in total box office earnings, an extraordinary phenomenon considering every May before 2016 had comfortably out-grossed each of the preceding two months.

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