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‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Sinks ‘Baywatch’ in Battle for Weekend Box Office’s Top Spot

May 29, 2017

From let, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbacher and Priyanka Chopra star in Paramount's big screen adaptation of the 90s TV series which finished third in the weekend box office race (Paramount photo).


The newest chapter of Disney's buccaneer saga “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” sank the competition as it won the weekend box office with  an estimated $76.6 million from 4,276 theaters, while big screen remake “Baywatch” floundered with an estimated $22 million.


“Pirates of the Caribbean” starring Johnny Depp as wacky Captain Jack Sparrow, is billed as the final chapter in the franchise and is lagging behind the last three installments domestically. In terms of Memorial Day openings, this fifth effort from the franchise ranks 11th overall. “Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End” (2007) tops the franchise record with $139.8 million, while “Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides” rolled out to a $90.2 million opening on May 20-22 weekend in 2011, which was not a holiday weekend.


The film, which cost more than $200 million to make before marketing expenses, is already tapping into the overseas audience with an international debut of $208.4 million for an estimated global opening of $285 million.


“Baywatch” was third behind Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is the only major hit so far this summer. The sci-fi sequel is estimate to top $24.2 million over the four-day weekend, raising its domestic total about $340 million.


Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” came in fourth during its second weekend. The newest edition in the Alien franchise will likely top $13.1 million over the four-day weekend. Rounding out the top five, the YA adaptation “Everything, Everything” will likely end up with $7.6 million.


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