'Pirates 5' Sails to $77M Holiday Opening, 'Baywatch' Bombs

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 1, 2017

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel sailed to the top of the North American box office during the four-day Memorial Day weekend, raking in almost US$78.5 million (S$108.7 million), industry figures showed Tuesday. But it's no question why Disney is still churning out sequels - combined, the movies have made $1.3 billion domestically and $3.8 billion worldwide.

Whether or not "Dead Men Tell No Tales" is indeed the "final adventure", as it's being billed by Disney, will likely depend on how much money it makes. By the end of the holiday weekend, Baywatch would have taken around $22 million in the U.S., that's just under half Paramount's original forecast.

A "ghost ship" of light projected onto a spray of water provided by a fire tender floats past the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, May 21, 2017, before the May 26 release of "Dead Men Tell No Tales", the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy films. The movie opens today in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with a number of markets debuting on June 1 and June 2, although it doesn't seem that this will open in China, the second biggest market in the world behind the U.S.

After impressing as Alex Parish in American crime thriller Quantico, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra makes her Hollywood debut with Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron starrer Baywatch.

Box Office Mojo notes that the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 debuted in China with a box office collection of $67.8 million and an industry record opening in Russian Federation of an estimated $18.6 million.

Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant", last week's box-office leader, dropped off sharply to fourth place during the Memorial Day weekend.

"This has been one of the toughest kick-off summer months ever", said Dergarabedian.

"Wonder Woman: Rise of the Warrior" marks the first solo outing of DC Comics' Amazon warrior. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. With a $63 million 3-day start and $78.5 million including Memorial Day, Dead Men Tell No Tales is down $27.2 million and $19.8 million respectively from 2011's already disappointing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. His other film still in theaters - "The Fate of the Furious" - just became only the sixth movie in history to earn more than $1 billion overseas. This comes on the heels of Snatched failing to break out and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword flopping.

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