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Weekend Box Office Report: May 26-28, 2017

05.28.2017

Pirates of the Caribbean sails to #1!

Johnny Depp's rum-soaked swashbuckler returned to theaters this Memorial Day weekend and put PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES in first place with an estimated opening of $62.1 million!

The fifth adventure of Captain Jack Sparrow and his fellow brigands wasn't quite a franchise low opening -- the first PIRATES movie THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL started with $46.6 million domestic back in summer of 2003 before mooring with a $305 million total.

But it's still a better domestic debut than Depp's recent big summer releases -- last summer's sequel ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opened with a soft $26.8 million, and THE LONE RANGER and DARK SHADOWS each started with a $29 million weekend.

Although the domestic figures for the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchse have diminished since the $423 million finish of DEAD MAN'S CHEST in 2006, the series hasn't dropped significantly in price -- DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES cost a reported $230 million.

Outside of North America, where DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is alternately subtitled as SALAZAR'S REVENGE, the latest sequel opened with $208 million for a worldwide weekend of $270.5 million. (2006's DEAD MAN'S CHEST and 2011's ON STRANGER TIDES both eventually drifted over $1 billion worldwide.)

Critics dropped anchor on the latest (and purportedly final) chapter of Depp's boozy buccaneer, giving it a 32% average on Rotten Tomatoes. You can scope the JoBlo review HERE.

Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 remained in second place with $19.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $333.2 million after a month in theaters as James Gunn's space sequel has squeaked past the $333.1 million domestic finish of the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. 

With a $783 million worldwide total, VOL. 2 has not only topped the $773 million global finish of the first, but has also become the biggest comic book superhero movie that doesn't feature Iron Man, Batman or Spider-Man.

Opening in third place was the comedy BAYWATCH with $18.1 million. The R-rated spin on the 90s TV show has pocketed $22.7 million total since it jumped and jiggled into action on Thursday.

Last summer, star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson helped propel CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE to an opening weekend of $35.5 million (ending with $127 million), but his raunchy beach update with Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario barely managed half that amount.

Critics left the new BAYWATCH (which cost a reported $69 million) to flail in the water with 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can read the JoBlo review HERE.

In fourth place was ALIEN: COVENANT with $10.5 million, cratering by 70% from its first-place opening last weekend. Director Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS sequel/ALIEN prequel has a ten-day domestic total of $57.3 million.

The teen drama EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING was in fifth with $6.1 million, down 47% from last week's third-place opening for a ten-day domestic total of $21.5 million (on a $10 million reported cost). The sequel DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL held sixth place with $4.4 million, losing 38% from its opening last week as it reached a ten-day domestic total of $13.5 million.

After that, the R-rated Goldie Hawn/Amy Schumer comedy SNATCHED was in seventh with $3.9 million for a domestic total of $40.1 million (on a reported cost of $42 million), and Guy Ritchie's medieval action movie KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD followed in eighth with $3.2 million and $33.8 million total (on a $175 million reported cost). The animated THE BOSS BABY is still in the Top 10 after nine weeks, and Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST finally crossed $500 million domestic.

Outside the chart, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS skidded off the list (after making a cool billion just from international audiences) along with HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER. And Jordan Peele's horror-thriller GET OUT has now racked up $241 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget.

Next weekend, DC Comics' Amazonian heroine visits the world of men in WONDER WOMAN, and a popular kids' book gets animated in CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $62.1 M
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2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $19.8 M $333.2 M
3. Baywatch $18.1 M $22.7 M
4. Alien: Covenant $10.5 M $57.3 M
5. Everything, Everything $6.1 M $21.5 M
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul $4.4 M $13.5 M
7. Snatched $3.9 M $40.1 M
8. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword $3.2 M $33.8 M
9. The Boss Baby $1.7 M $168.9 M
10. Beauty and the Beast $1.5 M $500.5 M

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7:47PM on 05/29/2017

Great news for everyone

Hopefully Hollywood gets the memo. No more Dwayne Fucking Johnson please. He will always be my favorite wrestler but I've never liked his movies. It's getting old.
Hopefully Hollywood gets the memo. No more Dwayne Fucking Johnson please. He will always be my favorite wrestler but I've never liked his movies. It's getting old.
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1:20AM on 05/30/2017
He's doing the classic over exposing himself. But hes still smart, hes making as much money as fast as he can, vying for more franchise type movies so he can always have streams of revenue. He's got too much pull right now, hes an entertainer by nature, not a tortured actor who doesn't want fame....that being said im not really a fan, like I said hes overexposed and im sick of him as well.
He's doing the classic over exposing himself. But hes still smart, hes making as much money as fast as he can, vying for more franchise type movies so he can always have streams of revenue. He's got too much pull right now, hes an entertainer by nature, not a tortured actor who doesn't want fame....that being said im not really a fan, like I said hes overexposed and im sick of him as well.
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4:21PM on 05/29/2017
I actually enjoyed Pirates. It by no means as good as the first one. But definitely better than part 4. It's like the McDonalds of the series. Shorter, faster, and you know what you're getting yourself into.
I actually enjoyed Pirates. It by no means as good as the first one. But definitely better than part 4. It's like the McDonalds of the series. Shorter, faster, and you know what you're getting yourself into.
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12:40AM on 05/29/2017
Is this the first time 3 Disney properties were in the top ten at once? I'm not sure as I normally don't notice things like that.
Is this the first time 3 Disney properties were in the top ten at once? I'm not sure as I normally don't notice things like that.
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11:48AM on 05/29/2017
Their releases are usually pretty well spaced out, but they own so many things now it's bound to happen. Last year at different times they had JUNGLE BOOK, ZOOTOPIA and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR in the Top 10, and later had FINDING DORY, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and CIVIL WAR (again) on the chart.
Their releases are usually pretty well spaced out, but they own so many things now it's bound to happen. Last year at different times they had JUNGLE BOOK, ZOOTOPIA and CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR in the Top 10, and later had FINDING DORY, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and CIVIL WAR (again) on the chart.
12:27AM on 05/29/2017

Just Not Igniting Interest

Prometheus and Covenant I actually do like overall, but they definitely aren't perfect and, unfortunately, don't do anything to reignite interest in a franchise and does nothing to make the young people not see it as some old, lame grandpa franchise at this point.
Prometheus and Covenant I actually do like overall, but they definitely aren't perfect and, unfortunately, don't do anything to reignite interest in a franchise and does nothing to make the young people not see it as some old, lame grandpa franchise at this point.
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10:06PM on 05/28/2017
I'm gonna laugh if Captain Underpants makes first over Woman Woman. It's unlikely, but it would be funny if it did.
I'm gonna laugh if Captain Underpants makes first over Woman Woman. It's unlikely, but it would be funny if it did.
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12:25AM on 05/29/2017
There would be nothing funny about it. Hollywood would run scared from female-fronted superhero films for a second time.
There would be nothing funny about it. Hollywood would run scared from female-fronted superhero films for a second time.
1:15AM on 05/30/2017
As of now I think Wonder Woman is gonna do incredibly well. Id estimate an 85-95 million dollar opening, and captain underpants will settle for a 55-60 mill range weekend.
As of now I think Wonder Woman is gonna do incredibly well. Id estimate an 85-95 million dollar opening, and captain underpants will settle for a 55-60 mill range weekend.
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4:46PM on 05/28/2017

ABOUT ALIEN, can someone please call Neill Blomkamp

Mr Scott clearly did not click with Mr Blomkamp, so his ideas for a proper Alien movie was shelve! Maybe Mr Scott can put aside his mountain-size ego, and get inot making a serious Aline movie with Neill Blomkamp on board!
Mr Scott clearly did not click with Mr Blomkamp, so his ideas for a proper Alien movie was shelve! Maybe Mr Scott can put aside his mountain-size ego, and get inot making a serious Aline movie with Neill Blomkamp on board!
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4:55PM on 05/28/2017
It's funny how everyone assumes a Neill Blomkamp Alien film will save the franchise. District 9 was great, but Elysium was not and Chappie was even worse. He's not the end all be all of science fiction. Let Ridley Scott finish this arc before making the final call. I'm sure someone else will get it after him. 20th Century Fox won't shelve the Alien franchise for long.
It's funny how everyone assumes a Neill Blomkamp Alien film will save the franchise. District 9 was great, but Elysium was not and Chappie was even worse. He's not the end all be all of science fiction. Let Ridley Scott finish this arc before making the final call. I'm sure someone else will get it after him. 20th Century Fox won't shelve the Alien franchise for long.
5:20PM on 05/28/2017
God, if only!
God, if only!
8:16PM on 05/28/2017
It took 5 years for Scott to get around to a follow up to Prometheus and the only reason he even got it done in that amount of time was because the prospect of someone else getting to do Alien came up. Face it we could have had a great conclusion to the Alien series but now we’re not going to because Sigourney Weaver will be too old by the time Scott is done pissing on his own franchise.

As for the quality of a Blomkamp directed alien film. Let’s look at him as a filmmaker verses the
It took 5 years for Scott to get around to a follow up to Prometheus and the only reason he even got it done in that amount of time was because the prospect of someone else getting to do Alien came up. Face it we could have had a great conclusion to the Alien series but now we’re not going to because Sigourney Weaver will be too old by the time Scott is done pissing on his own franchise.

As for the quality of a Blomkamp directed alien film. Let’s look at him as a filmmaker verses the franchise hallmarks, corporate doucebags you love to hate, check, graphic well shot action sequences, check, creepy creatures with great CGI, remember District Nine? Thought Provoking Sci Fi concepts, hell Chappie had more than of those than Prometheus or Alien Covenant.
9:50PM on 05/28/2017
Let's face it, no one will make a new Alien movie that will please every fan. If Blomkamp's plan was to have Ripley, Newt, and Hicks team up to take on the xenos again, I'm sure there would have been many recycled elements from the old movies. I'm also sure if Aliens, which many regard as the best film in the series, had been made today, the Internet would have shredded it for being too similar to its predecessor. I don't think anything new can be brought to this franchise at this point.
Let's face it, no one will make a new Alien movie that will please every fan. If Blomkamp's plan was to have Ripley, Newt, and Hicks team up to take on the xenos again, I'm sure there would have been many recycled elements from the old movies. I'm also sure if Aliens, which many regard as the best film in the series, had been made today, the Internet would have shredded it for being too similar to its predecessor. I don't think anything new can be brought to this franchise at this point.
5:52PM on 05/29/2017
Frankly, I'm satisfied with Alien 3 as the conclusion to the Ellen Ripley story. It's not as bad of a movie as most make to be, and in fact it's really quite good.

I think an Aliens Part Deux with an elderly Ellen and Hicks would not have been as good as most imagine.

If one were inclined to retcon Part 3, and consider it a hybernation dream, I think a better option would be to kill off Ripley and Hicks, and continue the franchise with an adult Newt, who had the dream in hybernation.

Frankly, I'm satisfied with Alien 3 as the conclusion to the Ellen Ripley story. It's not as bad of a movie as most make to be, and in fact it's really quite good.

I think an Aliens Part Deux with an elderly Ellen and Hicks would not have been as good as most imagine.

If one were inclined to retcon Part 3, and consider it a hybernation dream, I think a better option would be to kill off Ripley and Hicks, and continue the franchise with an adult Newt, who had the dream in hybernation.

7:09PM on 05/29/2017
@The Grither I'm with you. I always thought Alien 3 gave Ripley's arc a conclusion that made sense. Plus, it did something different in the series. I'm not sure why people bash it so much. Were they expecting a happily ever after? I'm not sure that would work well in these stories.
@The Grither I'm with you. I always thought Alien 3 gave Ripley's arc a conclusion that made sense. Plus, it did something different in the series. I'm not sure why people bash it so much. Were they expecting a happily ever after? I'm not sure that would work well in these stories.
2:47PM on 05/30/2017
Let's be honest Alien 3 is not an easy film to like. It's slow and takes some weird chances. Your free to enjoy it but it makes me laugh that even Fincher has spoken out about his disproval of the finished film.

While I don't think it really impacts most peoples opinion, the movie looks really bad compared to some of the rejected scripts. I think it was the first one that featured SIX sequences of Space Marines vs Aliens compared to Aliens two. There was another one where it took place
Let's be honest Alien 3 is not an easy film to like. It's slow and takes some weird chances. Your free to enjoy it but it makes me laugh that even Fincher has spoken out about his disproval of the finished film.

While I don't think it really impacts most peoples opinion, the movie looks really bad compared to some of the rejected scripts. I think it was the first one that featured SIX sequences of Space Marines vs Aliens compared to Aliens two. There was another one where it took place entirley on an artificial wooden planet.
4:33PM on 05/28/2017
After inflation, 46 million in 2003 is basically 62 million today. So the two Pirates movies are actually even ( unless inflation was already accounted for)
After inflation, 46 million in 2003 is basically 62 million today. So the two Pirates movies are actually even ( unless inflation was already accounted for)
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4:21PM on 05/28/2017

Good

Guardians of the galaxy was fantastic , Can't for wonder woman .
Guardians of the galaxy was fantastic , Can't for wonder woman .
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3:56PM on 05/28/2017
Really mediocre summer so far, Guardians did well but for a follow up to a huge hit kind of not a huge hit. Pirates too. Baywatch was just too soon after CHIPS for people to give it a watch. Aliens tried to be too many different types of films.
Ah well, on to June.
Really mediocre summer so far, Guardians did well but for a follow up to a huge hit kind of not a huge hit. Pirates too. Baywatch was just too soon after CHIPS for people to give it a watch. Aliens tried to be too many different types of films.
Ah well, on to June.
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11:31PM on 05/29/2017
Guardians will end its run with almost $100 million more than the original and has equal critical praise so what the hell are you talking about. crack is wack man,get off that crack.
Guardians will end its run with almost $100 million more than the original and has equal critical praise so what the hell are you talking about. crack is wack man,get off that crack.
3:03PM on 05/28/2017
I think for general audiences, baywatch has that stigma as "that shitty show with pamela anderson" from the 90s which made general audiences automatically tune out.
I think for general audiences, baywatch has that stigma as "that shitty show with pamela anderson" from the 90s which made general audiences automatically tune out.
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