Pirates 5 box office sailing to $300 million, Baywatch beached
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is dominating the weekend with an estimated $76.6 million domestically over the four-day Memorial Day weekend and $208.4 million internationally (Friday to Sunday). The film will start with a three-day global total of $270.6 million and a worldwide four-day total of over $300 million, pushing the franchise passed the $4 billion mark in the coming days. For the three-day weekend, the $230 million-budgeted sequel earned $62.2 million (down from the $90.2 million that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened to in 2011) from 4,276 theaters, an average of $14,514 per location. Dead Men Tell No Tales received a CinemaScore of A- from audiences.
The debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales lifted The Walt Disney Studios past the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office on Friday, May 26, the first studio to do so in 2017. The studio reached it in the second-fastest time ever, only behind when it reached that mark last year in early May.
The top international market for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is China with an estimated $67.8 million, the third-highest three-day opening weekend for any Disney title behind only Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Russia also posted a strong start with the highest opening weekend in industry history of $18.6 million.
Directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin R. McNally, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Stephen Graham, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush.
Disney also enjoyed another strong weekend from Marvel Studios‘ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which kept the second spot domestically with another $19.9 million its fourth weekend ($24.2 million through Monday), for a North American total of $333.2 million for the three days and an estimated $337.6 million through the Monday holiday. The James Gunn-directed sequel also added $8.6 million overseas for a international total of $450.1 million and worldwide sum of $783.3 million (through Sunday). In 2014, the first Guardians of the Galaxy earned $333.2 million domestically and $440 million internationally, for a global total of $773.3 million.
Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was made for $200 million and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, and Kurt Russell.
Paramount Pictures‘ big-screen adaptation of Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera, posted a disappointing $18.1 million for the studio over the three days in third place and is expected to make $22 million for the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Since the film opened on Thursday, that will put the total at $26 million through Monday for its first five days. The R-rated action comedy is playing in 3,647 theaters and averaged $4,963 per location. Made for about $69 million, Baywatch received a B+ CinemaScore.
Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant (20th Century Fox) dropped a massive 70.9% in ticket sales its second weekend and to fourth place with $10.5 million over the three days, and is expected to earn $13.1 million through Monday. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bechir and more, Alien: Covenant has grossed $57.3 million and will be sitting at $59.9 million after Monday. Internationally, Alien: Covenant added $10.8 million this weekend to push its overseas total to $101 million. It cost $97 million to make.
Based on Nicola Yoon’s novel, MGM and Warner Bros.‘ Everything, Everything, starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, dropped two spots to fifth and grossed $6.2 million for the three-day portion of the holiday weekend. Made for $10 million, the film has earned $21.5 million through Sunday.
In other box office news, and more good news for Disney, Beauty and the Beast crossed the $500 million mark at the domestic box office on Saturday, becoming the eighth film ever to do so and Disney’s fourth release to reach this milestone. Through May 28, Beauty and the Beast’s estimated global total is $1.233 billion, including $500.6 million domestically and $732 million internationally. It’s the biggest global and domestic release of 2017 and the 10th-biggest film of all-time globally.
Also, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious will cross $1 billion at the international box office today, becoming only the sixth film in history to reach this milestone. Universal now has three of the top six international grossers of all time, including Furious 7 ($1.163 billion) and Jurassic World ($1.019 billion). The Fate of the Furious’ estimated total after today will be $1.223 billion ($1 billion international, $222.9 million domestic). The film is now the 11th highest-grossing film of all-time globally.