'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Sails To

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is sailing into first place at the domestic box office this weekend, but the story the numbers dictate is not one of swashbuckling heroics. The rebooted property should land a three-day total of $18.1 million from 3,647 locations and end the four-day holiday weekend with $22 million. The movie doing quite good as it had a $230 million budget, but it was reaching for a $26 million opening day on Friday - including $5.5 million from Thursday night previews.

The mood is understandably jubilant at Disney headquarters. The movie now has a 78 percent fresh rating from audiences.

"This is a trend that we've seen play out over the course of these films", Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Disney, told the Associated Press. The original estimate for the film's first weekend was $30 million.

Just for context: Prometheus finished its domestic theatrical run in 2012 with $126.5 million in ticket sales, plus an additional $276.9 million from foreign audiences - and it never even opened in China.

"Paramount Pictures" Baywatch's first day on the beach earned an estimated $4.5M (which includes $1.25M from Wednesday's previews), according to two industry estimates, as the Memorial Day weekend goes full swing tonight.

Zac Efron (third left) and Dwayne Johnson (third right) star in Baywatch.

Alien: Covenant will be Fourth at the box office this weekend. Box office, as you might expect, took a hit in each case.

Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant", last week's box-office leader, dropped off sharply to fourth place during the Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to deliver while the studio's Beauty and the Beast became only the eighth film to cross $500 million domestically.

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. This is the second-fastest time a company has reached that milestone; the fastest was past year, when Disney did it by the first of May on the strength of "Beauty and the Beast".

  • Salvatore Jensen