'Pirates of the Caribbean' sequel sails to top of box office

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" topped box office in North America with an estimated 62.2 million USA dollars during its debut in Memorial Day weekend.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales pulled in $208.4 million from its global debut, for a worldwide total of $285.4 million, a figure which was at the high end of many box office analysts worldwide projections, claiming the movie would earn between $230 and $285 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

Disney hopes the box-office plunder keeps rolling in: The elaborately produced Pirates cost the studio US$230 million to make.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson checks out Baywatch's disappointing weekend box office. Meanwhile, the animated film The Boss Baby added $1.7 million, bringing its impressive domestic total to $169 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales easily took the top spot with $62.6 million over the three-day weekend and $77 million over the four-day holiday weekend. Including Thursday earnings, the film is projected to collect US$26.6 million by the close of Memorial Day. Even with the star power of Johnson, R-rated Hollywood updates to family friendly television shows have a dubious track record, ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said. 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. The movie carries a US$60 million production budget. "It's joining a cadre of other films that have underperformed".

Even the decently reviewed Alien: Covenant dropped an uncommonly steep 71 per cent in its second weekend in theaters to take fourth place with US$10.5 million.

Johnny Depp has struggled lately at the box office. Rounding out the top five was the romantic drama Everything, Everything, which brought in just over $6 million in its second week.

Hollywood studios and theater owners are depending on Wonder Woman to boost box office sales at the end of this week. The film is estimated to have made $270.6m worldwide in its opening days, pushing the total amount made by the theme park-inspired series to more than $4bn.

"Beauty and the Beast", $3.8 million. In case you'd forgotten, Guy Richie's King Arthur has the privilege of being the first casualty of summer 2017.

  • Salvatore Jensen