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 first place finish also can't cover up a serious case of franchise fatigue. It's the second-lowest opening ever for the Pirates franchise, higher only than the first film, which opened to $46.6 million in 2003 and then surfed on a wave of extremely positive word of mouth to a $305.4 million domestic haul. This brings Disney's 2017 domestic earnings past $1 billion. Surprisingly enough I seem to have been pretty much on point a month ago with my box office predictions for Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Disney puts big expectations on Pirates' shoulders.
Next weekend brings us into June and also brings Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie as well as none other than Wonder Woman. Rather, it seems that zombie sharks and monkeys, along with the fact that that Johnny Depp is somehow legitimately a cinematic sensation in Russian Federation in 2017, carried Pirates 5 to global victory. The actor has been chased over the past year by allegations of domestic abuse and a subsequent divorce; a dispute with Australia over his dogs; and unusual revelations regarding his life behind the cameras.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" was directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the screenplay and story was written by Jeff Nathanson.
In second place this weekend is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It won't hit $20 million over the three day weekend, but what was anyone expecting from a bad looking movie based on a awful TV show?
This month's box office has also been tough on almost every film except Guardians of the Galaxy. That's a rough start by most measures, and there's not much of an overseas box office to look at yet. The three-day estimate overseas is a whopping $208.4 million. Globally, the Universal, a unit of Comcast (CMCSA) release has earned $1.22-B. With a budget that reportedly hovers around $70 million, it's looking like Paramount will struggle to break even with this one. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demian Bechir and more, Alien: Covenant has grossed $57.3 million and will be sitting at $59.9 million after Monday. "But we do feel bullish about the worldwide marketplace, where Baywatch opened this weekend in Taiwan to great numbers and well ahead of 22 Jump Street and Central Intelligence". Baywatch will have to rely on worldwide success if it is to be profitable, as its domestic debut is well below initial expectations of $40 million.