Weekend Box Office: ‘Pirates 5’ Sails to No. 1; ‘Baywatch’ Sinks

Memorial Day Weekend

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is sailing to No. 1 this Memorial Day Weekend with $62.1 million three-day haul at the domestic box office, which is $30 million less than what the previous entry, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, opened with. The $230 million sequel will score around $77 million for the four-day domestic total, and a possible $275 million weekend worldwide.

Critics have not been kind to the fifth entry either, giving the final chapter in the storied franchise a meager 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, although audiences have given it an A- CinemaScore. The Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg-directed film sees the return of Johnny Depp in the lead role as the zany Captain Jack Sparrow. The film, which centers on Sparrow battling deadly ghost sailors, led by Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar, also sees the return of both Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, who were absent from the fourth installment.

Marvel Studios‘ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took second spot domestically with another $19.8 million its fourth weekend ($24.1 million through Monday) that takes its worldwide gross of $783.3 million.

Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures‘ Baywatch is officially a box office belly flop, falling in third place in its opening weekend with an estimated $18.1 for the three-day and $21 million total for the four-day. The Dwayne Johnson’s R-rated action comedy, based on the 1989 TV series of the same name, fared even worse among reviewers with 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers have not been so brutal though, given the film a B+ CinemaScore.

In holdover news, the latest installment in the Alien franchise dropped a massive 70.9% in ticket sales its second weekend. 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant and MGM and Warner Bros.‘ Everything, Everything took fourth ($10.5 million) and fifth ($6.1 million) spot for the three-day portion of the holiday weekend.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales — $62.1 million
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — $19.8 million ($333.2 mil.)
3. Baywatch — $18.1 million
4. Alien: Covenant — $10.5 million ($57.3 mil.)
5. Everything Everything — $6.1 million ($21.5 mil.)
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul — $4.4 million ($13.5 mil.)
7. Snatched — $3.9 million ($40.1 mil.)
8. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword — $3.2 million ($33.8 mil.)
9. The Boss Baby — $1.7 million ($168.9 mil.)
10. Beauty and the Beast — $1.5 million ($500.5 mil.)

Next weekend Wonder Woman will open against the animated Captain Underpants and will likely take the win with a projected $65 million.

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