Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tells $75 Million Tale, ‘Baywatch’ Walks the Plank

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men
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Memorial Day weekend marks the opening for two summer blockbusters this year — “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch” — but only one of the nautical-themed narratives is sailing away with a 4-day win. That’s because Disney’s “Pirates” is currently on course for a debut just under $75 million, while Paramount’s “Baywatch” is expected to drown at just $21 million by weekend’s end.

After taking in $5.5 million in Thursday night previews, the fifth installment of Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling franchise added another $16 million to its domestic gross from 4,276 theaters on Friday, giving it a total of just about $21 million so far. However, the Dwayne Johnson-Zac Efron reboot isn’t expected to make much more than that — even with Saturday, Sunday, and Monday factored in. “Baywatch” netted $4.5 million from previews alone, but only added another $5.5 million from 3,647 locations on Friday. That means the beachy buddy comedy is looking at a 5-day total of about $25 million.

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If “Baywatch” continues taking on water despite it’s strong marketing presence, Disney could potentially claim both top spots this week thanks to “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” In its fourth week, Chris Pratt’s high-flying sequel is also expected to make an additional $26 million, giving the film a cume of $340 million domestically. “Guardians” took in around $6 million from 3,871 theaters on Friday.

“Alien: Covenant” from Fox drops from No. 1 to No. 4 this week, expected to only add about $14 million to its box office for a two-week total of $60 million. Warner Bros. and MGM’s “Everything, Everything” rounds out the top 5 with an expected $9 million this weekend, for a cume of $24 million in two weeks.

Depp is joined by Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom in “Dead Men.” “Kon-Tiki” team Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio, and Brigham Taylor. In addition to Johnson and Efron, “Baywatch” also stars Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, and Ilfenesh Hadera. Seth Gordon directed the film based on a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant all have story credits.

““Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” “Snatched,” “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “The Boss Baby,” and “Fate of the Furious” finish out the top 10.

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  1. I already said before: the mad hatter got crazy because he is surrounded by talking animals, Alice is in France, and he married the Red Queen who almost cut his head.

  2. MiddleMan says:

    Deadline is reporting a FSS cume of only 63 mil, JD. I’m assuming your 75 mil estimate includes Monday, then? Not sure why you’re using misleading statements to cover up the fact that this is the LOWEST opening in the POC franchise and the film is performing well below industry estimates.

  3. To whoever wrote this: “its” not “it’s.”

  4. J says:

    I saw both movies (Pirates and Baywatch) and saw why Pirates is doing better. The familiarity of the Pirates cast and story have a lot to do with the fan base coming out in droves to see it. Baywatch does have somewhat of a fan base, a sort of nostalgic vibe that maybe some of their fans made their peace with it and moved on so I can see why one is doing a little better than the other. They are both pretty decent but that’s just my opinion. Not everyone is going to like the same movie and that’s fine, it’s entertainment after all!

  5. DIS. WEEK says:

    That $60 million budgeted BAYWATCH is somehow going to be a flop when box office abroad will alone triple its cost: I’ve never before seen a reporter or entertainment website so eager for or anxiously pulling for a movie to fail, undermining it’s box office performance at every turn: “BAYWATCH WALKS THE PLANK,” ” BAYWATCH I’D EXPECTED TO DROWN AT JUST UNDER $21 MILLION, ” IF BAYWATCH CONTINUES TO TAKE ON WATER,” etc. This is a 4-day weekend. Saturday and Sunday could see the film double or nearly double its Friday numbers , and Monday, being Memorial Day could be strong as well. We get it, you hate PARAMOUNT. Every movie they release you attack with a vengeance which is why you and every other punk ass hater have no credibility. Meanwhile, poorly performing PIRATES gets a pass, and outright fiasco, ALIEN COVENANT, which went from $15 million last Friday to just 3 million dollars this Friday barely raise an “aye-brow.” Wink-wink/ eyeroll.

  6. Paul says:

    Released any other weekend 21million would be a big success. Amazes me how Hollywood can make a winner a loser simply because it is up against a sure fire blockbuster like a series sequel. I’d like to see “Pirates” go up against something like an Avengers sequel and see how well it does. Or would 75million be a flop compared to the 120million the Avengers would reel in?

  7. Carolyn says:

    Just saw pirates and it was awesome so glad the reviews were bad recently so sad. Hope it’ hit an all time high go johnny go.

  8. kem says:

    To all who replied to my comment; Thanks for the time and effort you put in to justify the hypocrisy and lame examples you people continue to put forth. The justice system can be bought if you have the right connections and money. Keep pretending the system works equally, I know it helps you sleep at night. JD’s movies bombed because they were horrible. Mel knows who runs Hollywood, that’s on him.

    • Spider says:

      Kern, you have proven that stupid is as stupid does! Read your posts carefully, and understand how your so-called facts are nothing more than a fart in the wind, inside YOUR bubble of convenience!

    • Johnny Depp Fan says:

      The police examined Amber Heard’s face and found no evidence of injuries. All his exes, including a woman who was with him for 14 years, say he would never put his hands on a woman. Heard was arrested for abusing her ex and lied to authorities. She has zero credibility.

    • Spider says:

      Thank you for showing us how clueless you are. NO ONE has mentioned or is pretending anything about the system…… Yes, Depp’s flicks were horrible and THE ALLEGATIONS contributed to the lack of the bottom line…… Yes, it’s on Mel and yet, he DID NOT get a free pass. The allegations made by Oksana against him contributed too, contrary to popular belief…. Don’t be stupid, no one is trying to win an argument, just use your head!

  9. keith says:

    Too bad, since Baywatch was the (slightly) better movie.

  10. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Day one I thought they had the wrong Pirate. A goofy effeminate pirate prancing around deck, are you kidding me. All the pirate stuff is great ,but let’s pretend Laddies, let’s pretend we have a hairy chested fuzzy balled scrapper who would rather fight than fuck!! Argh

  11. kem says:

    This is another reason why the world is full of hypocrites. When white men beat up and sexual harass women these people look the other way and some of them blame the women. Black men, falsely accused and innocent, still have to walk around with the stigma attached to them. Disgusting and Shameful society. Hollywood will never change.

    • Johnny Depp Fan says:

      And you’ve decided that Johnny Depp was guilty based on what, exactly? The police found no evidence of abuse, his accuser was once arrested domestic abuse against a woman, and all his exes say he was never abusive. And the temporary restraining order was dismissed with prejudice.

      • Ed says:

        Still no

      • Summer Smith says:

        Kem, are you a paid spokesperson for Amber Heard? She only made allegations to the media. She never provided any evidence, nor did the police see anything when they came to the home after alleged “abuse”. Yet, Amber is the only one ever charged with domestic violence against a partner. Go figure.

      • Johnny Depp Fan says:

        **arrested for. Johnny Depp was falsely accused and innocent. Do some research before opening your mouth.

    • Spider says:

      You neglect to mention that Mel Gibson was banished from Hollywood for 10 years after his marital spat and his drunken rants. Now, that is one hell of a stigma to carry for that long. Good to see he’s on the comeback trail as America loves a good comeback story and YES, everyone deserves a second chance.
      Also, you didn’t mention that Johnny Depp’s flicks “Mortdecai”, “Alice Though the Looking Glass” etc. bombed after the allegations came out. AND you certainly DID NOT mention that Amber Heard’s career resuscitated after the allegations came out. Heck, she snatched the coveted role of Mera in “Justice League” and the “Aquaman” franchise. COINCIDENCE? Now that is one hell of a see-saw of events.

      For future reference, before you go off ranting about hypocrisy again, be sure to read and get facts straight across the board. AND DO NOT go around making this about race, either.

      • Bony Hurdle says:

        HaHaHa! Hollyweird!! Brilliant, Bird.
        By the way, those recorded phone calls to ex girlfriend didn’t help Mel, either. And they had nothing to do with Jews, surprisingly. Just a ranting, misogynistic egomaniac that couldn’t stand that she left him and filed a restraining order because of his violent temper. Gibson is a fine director and actor but a repulsive human being.

      • Bird says:

        Mel Gibson was banished for speaking against the mighty Jews, nothing else.

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