Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Opening Wasn’t Smooth Sailing
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) and features returning stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Stephen Graham and Martin Klebba alongside new additions Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, David Wenham, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani and Paul McCartney.
While the Johnny Depp-led swashbuckling adventure continued the series’ fourteen-year streak of opening at #1, it scored the lowest domestic opening weekend since the original classic Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl debuted with $46.6 million back in 2003. The worldwide tally was more than three-fourths (76.9%) of its global haul, so we’ll have to wait and see if this pirate adventure can pull in similar numbers, even with a lower debut.
The box office has a clear victor. “This is one of the most prolific franchises in history, and will cross $4 billion in combined box-office revenue today”, said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis.
Meanwhile, Baywatch is treading water with a 19% rating. The critically derided update of the 1990s TV show earned only $18.1 million over the weekend against a almost $70 million price tag. Including Thursday earnings, the film is projected to collect $26.6 million by the close of Memorial Day. Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – which was released on May 5th – made more than the film last weekend.
Paramount’s beach-centered action comedy Baywatch, an update of the popular 1990s television show, placed third at US$18.1 million.
The “Baywatch” miss could be attributable to a couple of factors. Baywatch will have to rely on global success if it is to be profitable, as its domestic debut is well below initial expectations of $40 million. Dergarabedian said that global audiences, particularly in China, India and South America, still embrace these films because they grew up on big American blockbusters and enjoy the action-packed adventures.
Fox and Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant fell to # 4 in its 2nd frame with an estimated 4-day gross of $13.1-M for a domestic take of $60-M. Rounding out the top five was the romantic drama Everything, Everything, which brought in just over $6 million in its second week.
“Hollywood needs June to save the box office world”, Dergarabedian said.