'Pirates of the Caribbean' No. 1 at weekend box office

Danny Woods
June 14, 2017

"Dead Men Tell No Tales" centers on Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow battling deadly ghost sailors, led by Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar.

As pretty much everyone expected, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales planted the Jolly Roger atop the box office and took no prisoners, bringing in $62.2 million over the holiday weekend (not including the actual holiday of course). The worldwide tally was more than three-fourths (76.9%) of its global haul, so we'll have to wait and see if this pirate adventure can pull in similar numbers, even with a lower debut.

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Meanwhile, back in the North American box office, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to perform well in its fourth week on release, earning another $19.9 million (£15.5 million) to hold on to second place. The film's $783 million global total has already surpassed the global take from the first "Guardians" film. Regarding Baywatch, it stars one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood (Dwayne Johnson), has a built-in audience, is an action/comedy hybrid like so many popular movies lately and contains dozens of gorgeous people. Baywatch hasn't opened wide internationally yet, but did well in Taiwan, leaving Paramount feeling good about its overseas prospects. It happened again this weekend, with expensive openers Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Baywatch not coming close to achieving their collective promise, and once again the summer will have to catch up following Memorial Day failure. The film will open in Japan on July 1. Despite the fact that the movie is starting off well, it falls short of the tremendous profit that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl made. 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. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed "Dead Men Tell No Tales", with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.

The reviews for "Baywatch" were dismal from the start, with most outlets panning the adult-comedy before fans even had the option to see it in theaters. Apparently, hackers demanded a huge ransom in order not to release the film online ahead of its theatrical debut.

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