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The first place finish also shows some leaks in the franchise as Dead Men Tell No Tales is the lowest opening for a Pirates movie since the original, which brought in a little over $46 million in its first weekend.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was the No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office for the Memorial Day-four day weekend, a time when overall domestic box office receipts were the lowest since 1999. Another sequel the following summer posted solid numbers too, and in the coming days, the newest chapter will send the total franchise gross past the $4 billion mark. 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. Memorial Day weekend typically kicks that season off, and this year it came with a couple surprises.

That's down from the $90m generated by the previous film in the franchise and is the poorest opening weekend since its first outing.

Memorial Day revenue at the North American box office posted to its lowest marks in nearly 20 years. When asked about the possibility for Pirates of the Caribbean spin-offs, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said he has yet to hear anything, "but you never know". Also opening in limited release will be Pantelion's comedy 3 Idiotas, IFC's comedy Band Aid, CBS Films' dramatic comedy Dean, Well Go USA's action film God of War, Purdie Distribution's drama Love, Kennedy, Instrum Int's comedy Opening Night, Samuel Goldwyn Films' foreign film Past Life, Entertainment Studios' sci-fi movie The Recall and Vertical Entertainment's crime drama Vincent N Roxxy. The Marvel smash displayed good legs again as the three-day portion dropped by just 40% as Baby Groot and friends pull in business from a broad audience of people looking for big-screen escapism. The second installment of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie series earned an estimated $19.9 million on the three-day weekend and approximately $24.2 million after Memorial Day. The R-rated film starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron was based on the popular 1990s television series. Globally, the Universal, a unit of Comcast (CMCSA) release has earned $1.22-B.

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. The small $10 million picture has now made $22.7 million domestically and has yet to debut overseas.

The box office has a clear victor. So far, the film has made an estimated $208.3 million abroad, which makes it the twelfth biggest opening overseas ever, but still trailing behind both On Stranger Tides and At World's End, which debuted to a whopping $260.4 million and $216 million, respectively.

  • Salvatore Jensen