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

Terrell Bush
June 5, 2017

A dreadlocked Johnny Depp again plays Sparrow as he fights a crew of creepy ghost sailors led by the villainous Javier Bardem.

Watch the trailer for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" below.

"The US$326 million earned by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" means that The Walt Disney Studios has now crossed US$3 billion globally in 2017 to date, with worldwide grosses at US$1.903 billion and domestic grosses at US$1.102 billion", it said. The movie should pull in more than $300 million globally by the end of the holiday weekend.

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, most box office analysts predicted that Disney's family-friendly adventure Pirates of the Carbbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales would have no trouble taking down the R-rated comedy Baywatch at the box office. Overseas, Stranger Tides ended up with $804.6M or roughly 77% of the total gross which topped $1B. If not for global appeal, that would be a let down for a movie riding on a $230 million production budget. It won't hit $20 million over the three day weekend, but what was anyone expecting from a bad looking movie based on a awful TV show?

On the other hand, Dwayne Johnson's "Baywatch", has dramatically gone astray as it had saved its place at the rear end of all the movie participating.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the Number One film at the box office this weekend. First, Alien: Covenant, according to Mojo's chart, lost almost 71 percent in grosses from its opening last weekend.

Elsewhere, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continued its winning streak, finishing at #2 in its fifth frame with $25.1 million in the States and bringing its worldwide total to over $788.5 million.

Previously released films are also hurting the weekend numbers. Finally, Beauty and the Beast took in another $1.6 million to bring its domestic total to a whopping $500.6 million. The movie's previous pleasant record and big time star Johnny Depp makes Disney anticipate tremendous profits overseas to make up for any shortfall may happen.

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.

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