This Memorial Day was slow at the box office, with even the new arrivals struggling to make much of an impression on viewers.
Coming in the top spot is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (read our review), which made $62.1 million domestically in its first three days. That is well below expectations heading into the weekend, which can be accredited to its poor critical reception and word-of-mouth. While early buzz indicated this could be a return to form for the once fun franchise, many pundits wrote it off as more of the same with little new to offer. That certainly hurt its commercial appeal, as casual moviegoers had little reason to rush to the theater to check it out. Dead Men Tell No Tales saw the series’ lowest debut since The Curse of the Black Pearl, which opened with $46.6 million in 2003. In America, the Pirates brand has been diminishing over time, and this is just the latest sign it isn’t what it used to be.
With Pirates 5 struggling to generate much interest early on, it’s likely to slide down the charts very soon. Next week sees the release of Wonder Woman, which is earning enthusiastic reviews from critics and audiences alike. DC’s latest blockbuster should fill the void in the marketplace after the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hype recently died down. Captain Jack Sparrow will have to depend on his international friends to turn a profit. Fortunately for Disney, the film is already at $270 million worldwide, but it still has a long way to turn a profit.
Making the Pirates blow easier for the Mouse House to swallow is the fact Guardians of the Galaxy 2 came in second with $19.8 million. The space opera raised its domestic total to $333.2 million and has now surpassed the Stateside gross of its direct predecessor.
Debuting in third is the new comedy Baywatch (read our review). A rare box office misfire for Dwayne Johnson, the movie brought in only $18.1 million for the weekend. Like Pirates 5, this was a byproduct of the awful word-of-mouth, as many of the reviews panned the film for being an unfunny update of the classic television series. Despite the star power it boasted, Baywatch failed to leave a mark on viewers. Since the movie came out on Thursday, May 25, the current domestic haul is $22.7 million, but either figure is far from what Paramount was hoping for. Johnson may want to make a sequel, but the studio executives could have other ideas now that they know Baywatch isn’t a cash cow.
Coming in fourth is last week’s champ Alien: Covenant, which took a massive 70.9 percent hit and earned $10.5 million in its second weekend. Though the prequel received mostly positive reviews from critics, it never had much pull with general audiences, as evidenced by its underperformance during its opening frame. The film now stands at $57.3 million domestically and $158.3 million globally. Whether or not Fox continues with the franchise remains to be seen, but another Alien might not be the smartest investment for the studio since it’s struggled commercially so far.
Rounding out the top five is Everything, Everything. The young adult romance made $6.1 million, increasing its domestic total to $21.5 million.
The #6 film is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul with $4.4 million. The family movie now stands at $13.5 million, which is considerably lower than previous installments in the series.
Comedy Snatched came in seventh with $3.9 million. Amy Schumer’s newest vehicle has now made $40.1 million domestically.
Legendary bomb King Arthur: Legend of the Sword came in eighth with $3.2 million. The epic has now earned $33.8 million in the U.S.
The Boss Baby, which recently got a sequel, continues to hang around, coming in ninth with $1.7 million. The animated hit now stands at $168.9 million domestically.
Capping off the top 10 is Beauty and the Beast with $1.5 million. Disney’s live-action remake is now the eighth film in history to gross $500 million Stateside.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, May 22 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo