Weekend box office: Pirates of the Caribbean beats Baywatch

When two big summer blockbusters fall flat on the same weekend, that’s usually a reason for a deep analysis and some grand proclamations about how ticket sales are dying.  But none of that is necessary this weekend as the two films in question were never in danger of breaking any box office records.  The winner of the weekend box office is PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, which is the fifth film in a franchise that’s been dying for a while.  The fact it opened up with over $60 million is not a cause to be disappointed, but we should actually be impressed.  True, On Stranger Tides opened with about $90 million, but still, $60 million is a respectable number.  The other new movie this weekend was the Dwayne Johnson starring BAYWATCH (click the link to read our review).  It won’t hit $20 million over the three day weekend, but what was anyone expecting from a bad looking movie based on a terrible TV show?

Next week sees the release of WONDER WOMAN.  It’s a film I wasn’t sure was ever going to get made since I still believe Wonder Woman is the hardest of all the traditional superheros to bring to the big screen.  But with a few good trailers and some positive early reviews, WONDER WOMAN might actually end up being the film that saves the DC universe.  So the only question is; will the film make money?  I think it will do fine, but it will be interesting to see the reactions next weekend.  Note: the numbers below are for the three day box office and will be updated as they become final.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $62.3m

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 $20.6m

3. Baywatch $17.4m

4. Alien: Covenant $12.4m

5. Everything, Everything $8m

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul $5.1m

7. Snatched $4.1mBeauty and the Beast $3.1m

8. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword $3.4m

9. The Boss Baby $1.7m

10. The Fate of the Furious $1.4m


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