'Pirates of the Caribbean' sequel sails to top of box office
Jun 06 2017 by Francis Osborne
Box Office Mojo reports that this pirate adventure opened in 4,276 theaters, pulling in a solid $18,018 per-screen average.
"We're making movies for a global audience". The way the comic book movie has been holding at the box office week after week, Alien: Covenant should slip below it this weekend. With the United Kingdom box office in turmoil due to to the horrific terrorist attack (probably down about 20%), the top territories looks to be France and likely South Korea. That leaves "Baywatch", which opened to just $23M over the four-day weekend, in a depressing third overall.
The film saw the largest opening of all time in Russian Federation with $18.1 million ($18.6 million including previews).
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A dreadlocked Johnny Depp again plays Sparrow as he fights a crew of creepy ghost sailors led by the villainous Javier Bardem. Including Thursday earnings, the film is projected to collect US$26.6 million by the close of Memorial Day. "They said they would release five minutes of the film at first, and then in 20-minute chunks until their financial demands are met".
Earning just $21 million at the United States box office, the remaining $86 million haul came from overseas markets... and that's quite an impressive number.
As for the rest of the pack, Ridley Scott'sAlien: Covenant saw a big drop off on its way to a surprising fourth-place finish, collecting $13.1 million over four days and bringing its worldwide sum to over $160.9 million. Variety estimates three-day opening weekend ticket sales totaled $270.6 million globally. "He was like, 'I don't know, $2 million.' I was like, 'For snacks?' And he was like, 'Yeah?' That sounds frivolous, but it wasn't".