Disney firmly denies digital theft of Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Following the mixed reviews of Dead Men (which look similar to the Stranger Tides), the new Pirates movie might touch $80 million following the Monday holiday, Forbes predicted. The box office did okay over Memorial Day 2015, but that weekend openers Tomorrowland and Poltergeist got bailed out by holdovers Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect. The pricey tentpole, with a $230 million budget, was heading for a $26 million opening day on Friday.

Earning just $21 million at the United States box office, the remaining $86 million haul came from overseas markets... and that's quite an impressive number. In that respect, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales isn't breaking the mold.

Directed by Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the film does its best to replicate the original. Though it lost its crown to Alien: Covenant last weekend, the newest Marvel movie has now passed it on the daily charts, illustrating interest is higher in Baby Groot than a Xenomorph. The three-day estimate overseas is a whopping $208.4 million. Russian Federation also posted a strong start with the highest opening weekend in industry history of $18.6 million.

Dwayne Johnson plays the devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, who clashes with the brash rookie Matt Brody, played by Zac Efron.

Guardians, meanwhile, took second place again, bringing in an impressive $19.9 million that takes its worldwide gross thus far of $783.3 million. In 2014, the first Guardians of the Galaxy earned $333.2 million domestically and $440 million internationally, for a global total of $773.3 million.

Rounding out the top five should be Everything, Everything (read our review), which came in third last week with $11.7 million. We laughed at Disney's expense at the time.

Box office numbers prove Disney knew what it was doing when the studio decided to make the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

The first order of business in "Tales" is to set up that one-time series hero Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is still bound by a curse to captain the damned ship Flying Dutchman, the dark magic taking a visibly physical toll on him.

  • Salvatore Jensen