Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently expected to gross north of $230 million, during its opening at the global box office this weekend. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the film, with Johnny Depp once again playing the role of chief lothario and high seas grifter Captain Jack Sparrow. While the initial word of mouth around the film was generally positive, reviews for Dead Men Tell No Tales have thus far been more of the mixed-to-negative variety, on the whole.
Nevertheless, between the ongoing appeal of the Pirates brand and its widely-praised menacing turn from Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales remains on course to draw a larger crowd when it makes landfall for opening weekend this Friday. And given how successful the past four entries in the series have been thus far in terms of ticket sales, it's to be expected that Dead Men Tell No Tales would follow suit.
According to Deadline, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected to make at least $230 million (and possibly upwards of $285 million) in ticket sales at the global box office during its opening weekend, with 77% of that total coming from international markets. After suffering set-backs during the four-day Memorial Day weekend for the past two years by way of the Brad Bird-directed Tomorrowland in 2015 and the sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass (also starring Depp) last year, Disney is certainly hoping to hit it big with the fifth Pirates film.
Standing as Dead Men Tell No Tales' direct opening weekend competition, the Baywatch movie reboot from Paramount is expected to draw over $40 million over the four-day holiday. Ergo, if everything goes according, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales should manage to chart a course to a successful Memorial Day release both stateside and internationally - provided it can hold its own against returning box office chart-toppers Alien: Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in addition to Baywatch.
Only time will tell whether or not the Disney franchise juggernaut still holds enough cultural credibility and popularity to beat out the likes of Baywatch during their respective opening weekends, but with any luck Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will deliver the blockbuster success that Disney is currently hoping for.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) release date: May 26, 2017