Sure, it topped the weekend box office take with a respectable $62 million and change, but it is the lowest opening for any movie in the franchise. Baywatch, which is a reboot of the popular 1990s TV show by the same name, has earned a total of $18.1 million on its first weekend in the US.
Rounding out the top five, we have Alien: Covenant (three-day $10.5 million, four day-$13.1 million, total $59.9 million), which dropped a hefty 70.8% in its second weekend, and teen romance Everything, Everything with a four-day total ($7.3 million) that brings it past the $20 million mark. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" kicked off in every overseas market this weekend and pulled in $208.4 million, giving it a $271 million worldwide launch.
In its fourth weekend of release, Disney's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" actually swiped the second place spot from "Baywatch", bringing in an estimated $25.1 million. The studio reached it in the second-fastest time ever, only behind when it reached that mark a year ago in early May.
The fifth installment in the "Pirates" franchise starring Johnny Depp, this time directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, took in an estimated $77 million at the domestic box office over the four-day weekend, with an estimated global opening of more than $300 million. The film stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom.More news: US out in the cold as Trump readies to dump climate deal
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At the same time, even though The Rock has proven to be a very bankable actor, it turns out that people don't want to see him in a crude R-rated comedy.
Suggested solutions to the problem-again, the problem is too many film critics telling the public that they think a movie is bad, thus discouraging them from buying tickets-include moving all critic screenings back to opening day or eliminating them entirely. That leaves "Baywatch", which opened to just $23M over the four-day weekend, in a depressing third overall.
The film is likely to yield less than $200 million through its domestic run in theaters, according to Shawn Robbins at BoxOfficePro.
Disney hopes the box-office plunder keeps rolling in: The elaborately produced Pirates cost the studio US$230 million to make. Also arriving in limited release is Broad Green's documentary Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, Screen Media's Drone, Parade Deck Films' The Here After, Indican's action film Jasmine and Abramorama's Long Strange Trip - The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead, although no box office data was released for any of those movies yet. Alas that's not happening, even $200 million might be a stretch for the 5th Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword", $10 million.