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

Source:AFP Published: 2017/5/31 17:03:39

Promotional material for Dead Men Tell No Tales Photo: IC



Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean sequel sailed to the top of the North American box office during the four-day Memorial Day weekend, raking in nearly $78.5 million, industry figures showed Tuesday.

Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the wildly popular franchise starring Johnny Depp, sunk another major new studio movie - Baywatch - which came in third place and only managed to bring in a disappointing $23.1 million in ticket sales, Exhibitor Relations said.

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

The lighthearted story of a band of misfit space adventurers has taken in $340.5 million domestically since it opened on May 5.

Dead Men Tell No Tales also scored big internationally, collecting $247.8 in ticket sales, with China the top foreign market ($92.3 million), Disney said in a statement.

"The $326 million earned by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales means that The Walt Disney Studios has now crossed $3 billion globally in 2017 to date, with international grosses at $1.903 billion and domestic grosses at $1.102 billion," it said.

Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, last week's box-office leader, dropped off sharply to fourth place during the Memorial Day weekend.

The Fox film - starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Billy Crudup in the tale of a spaceship landing on a planet that seems idyllic until aliens attack - netted $13.4 million.

In fifth was Everything, Everything, a romantic drama from Warner Bros, at $7.7 million. The film tells the story of a young woman (Amandla Stenberg) who is told she must spend her life indoors in a sterile environment due to a genetic disorder, but later learns she may have been deceived.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul ($6.1 million)

Snatched ($5.1 million)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ($4.3 million)

The Boss Baby ($2.5 million)

Beauty and the Beast ($2 million)
Newspaper headline: ‘Pirates’ sails to top


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