Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Opening Wasn't Smooth Sailing


The declining popularity around Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies continues - in the USA, at least - with the release of Dead Men Tell No Tales.

While The Fate of the Furious dropped out of the top ten this week, it did make enough to become only the sixth film in history to bring in over $1 billion via the global box office. The fact it opened up with over $60 million is not a cause to be disappointed, but we should actually be impressed. However, the old vintage power of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom did manage to attract global viewers confirming once again that people still love seafaring flicks.

Pirates' fortunes improved in subsequent releases, with the second, third, and fourth movies opening at $135.6 million (2006), $114.7 million (2007), and $90.2 million (2011), respectively.

The film, which again stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and other franchise favorites Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley, has been largely panned by critics and now has a 32 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The overall Memorial Day weekend estimate of $176 million is the lowest since 1999. The movie's previous pleasant record and big time star Johnny Depp makes Disney anticipate tremendous profits overseas to make up for any shortfall may happen. The fifth film in the Disney franchise is expected to net $275 million globally this Memorial Day weekend after reeling in $110 million already through Friday. The ship is also presumably dead.

Director Ridley Scott's sequel "Alien: Covenant" took fourth with $13.4 million, followed by the teen drama "Everything, Everything" with $7.7 million. After this start I'm thinking a more realistic U.S. total for the film would be $160-170 million. The latter - an adaptation of Nicola Yoon's YA bestseller of the same name - has been performing especially well compared to recent YA novel-based (or YA-skewing) films like Before I Fall ($4.7 million) and The Space Between Us ($3.8 million). 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.

Despite the lackluster totals, the industry can pin its hopes on a slate of promising June releases, including "Wonder Woman", "The Mummy", "Cars 3", "Transformers: The Last Knight", "Baby Driver" and "Despicable Me 3". It's taken in about $35 million in its first two days in foreign markets since launching on Wednesday.