'Pirates of the Caribbean' sequel sails to top of box office


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).

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the Number One film at the box office this weekend. Previous year it was "X-Men: Apocalypse" that won the holiday with an $80M debut, the film easily trounced Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass", which only brought in $33M over the same time-period.

The latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel cruised to the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, while the much-hyped "Baywatch" reboot sank.

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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.

Another Disney offering, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", placed second with US$27.2 million in its fourth week out.

As for the rest of the pack, Ridley Scott's Alien: 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".