It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” but the waters were chop for the Dwayne Johnson comedy “Baywatch.”
Studio estimates on Sunday said the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise commandered $62.2 million in its first three days in Cinemas.
The Johnny Depp starrer is projected to take $76.6 million over the four day holiday weekend.
It was the second lowest domestic opening nearly $4 billion franchise, but the latest film, which cost a reported $230 million to produce has massive international appeals. Its four day global total is expected to hit over $300 million.
This is a trend that we have seen play out over the course of these films,” told Dave Hollis , executive vice president of distribution for Disney. “‘Pirates’ is a huge spectacle film of the kind that international audience continues to be drawn toward but the domestic response also show that the audience is clearly there.”
Even “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II” did better in fourth weekend. The space opera added over $19.9 million to take second place ahead the “Baywatch” at the box office.
ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said – “The “Baywatch” miss could be attributable to a couple of factors. Even with the star power of Johnson, R-rated Hollywood update to family friendly television shows have a dubious track record”
Earlier this year, Dax Shepard’s R-rated update of “CHiPs” tanked, netting $18.6 million domestically against a $25 million budget.
This month box office has also been tough on nearly every film except ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
Dergarabedian said ‘Baywatch’ doesn’t stand alone as a casualty in this marketplace, It’s joining a cadre of other films that have underperformed “Hollywood needs June to save the box office world,”
Even the decently reviewed “Alien: Covenant” dropped an uncommonly steep about 71 per cent in its second weekend in theatres to take fourth place over $10.5 million. The teen romance “Everything, Everything” rounded out the top five for $6.2 million.
Top ten this month
1.”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” $62.2 million.
2.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” $19.9 million.
3.”Baywatch,” $18.1 million.
4.”Alien: Covenant,” $10.5 million.
5.”Everything, Everything,” $6.2 million.
6.”Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” $4.4 million.
7.”Snatched,” $3.9 million.
8.”King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” $3.2 million.
9.”The Boss Baby,” $1.7 million.
10.”Beauty and the Beast,” $1.6 million.