Weekend box office: Pirates of the Caribbean beats Baywatch

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. Senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Variety that the overall weekend could match last year's $205 million total - which was only the 10th best of all time. The adventures of Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, and Baby Groot earned an estimated $19.9 million ($24.2 million after Memorial Day).

"Dead Men Tell No Tales" centers on Depp's Jack Sparrow battling deadly ghost sailors, led by the Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Baywatch are great counter-programming to the horror film that barely took the top spot at the box office last weekend. The fact it opened up with over $60 million is not a cause to be disappointed, but we should actually be impressed. The other new movie this weekend was the Dwayne Johnson starring BAYWATCH (click the link to read our review).

Though Dead Men Tell No Tales' domestic gross is underwhelming, internationally things are another story. The film, based on the 1989 TV series of the same name, stars Johnson and Zac Efron as a pair of mismatched lifeguards who take it upon themselves to end the influx of drugs and murder on their beach. Studio execs reportedly anxious that news of Depp's behavior could impact marketing for the $230 million film; global audiences have proven it's not the case. Six years ago, it had $90 million on a non-holiday weekend in May.

Newcomer Baywatch falls in at #3 for the weekend, with an estimated $18.1 million domestically.

Hollywood studios and theater owners are depending on Wonder Woman to boost box office sales at the end of this week. Also, look for MGM/Warner Bros.' Everything, Everything to hold well in its second weekend of play as the young females audience will keep its grosses up and when they come to the theater, it's usually in packs. In case you'd forgotten, Guy Richie's King Arthur has the privilege of being the first casualty of summer 2017. While that downward trend in opening weekends suggests diminishing interest in the series among US audiences, the opposite is true at the foreign box office.

  • Salvatore Jensen