Does Pirates of the Caribbean Still Have Sea Legs?

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. But none of that is necessary this weekend as the two films in question were never in danger of breaking any box office records. Dead Men Tell No Tales received a CinemaScore of A- from audiences. Releasing on the same day in the US, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales aka Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge and Baywatch fought to rule over the high tides. I have to think that Paramount's release strategy was to combine Baywatch's Thursday for the win over Pirates' previews, as they hoped to change the narrative heading into the weekend.

Dwayne Johnson's "Baywatch", meanwhile, is struggling to make waves, coming in at the low end of projections. The panned film (we're talking a dismal 19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes right now) opened with $18 million this weekend and will scratch out $22 million by the end of the long weekend, per Box Office Mojo. Last year, with "X-Men: Apocalypse" in the No. 1 slot, the box office came in at more than $205 million, while it was almost $195 million in 2015.

There were also rumors that Johnny Depp's off-screen behavior might have an impact on the movie's bottomline.

In its second weekend, Alien: Covenant will add just $13.3 million to its box office total, which will help the film cross the $60 million mark at the box office.

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.

Grossing an estimated $270 million worldwide, Pirates 5 has started stronger than some critics had previously predicted.

Rounding out the Top 5 were Ridley Scott's sci-fi actioner "Alien: Covenant" with $13.2 million, bringing its total to nearly $60 million, and Stella Meghie's teen romantic drama "Everything, Everything", with $7.4 million for a collective gross of $22.7 million.

First up to that challenge: "Wonder Woman". Beauty and the Beast got there in 73 days, 7th fastest ahead of Titanic (98 days). After the last chapter opened to $90.2 million, had a domestic finish of $241 million and a global take of over a billion dollars, the project somehow still smacked of failure.

  • Salvatore Jensen