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Disney’s ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’ nears $300 mn mark

MUMBAI: Disney’s ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5’ is nearing the $300 million mark. Most of the money came from outside the US. Media reports state that actor Johnny Depp’s appeal in the US is waning.

Meanwhile, ‘Baywatch’, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra, has flopped in the US. Reports indicate that Paramount might find it tough to break-even on the film.

comScore has announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of 28 May, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ set sail this weekend with a $208.4 million international debut for a global start of $270.6 million for the weekend.  With a likely worldwide four-day performance of over $300 million, the overall franchise will surpass the $4 billion threshold in the coming days.”

“This is a trend that we’ve seen play out over the course of these films. Pirates is a huge spectacle film of the kind that international audiences continue to be drawn toward … but the domestic response also shows that the audience for this film is clearly there,” Disney executive VP distribution Dave Hollis told AP.

Paramount admits that bad reviews hurt ‘Baywatch’. “I think we got pretty stung by reviews,” said Paramount’s distribution chief Megan Colligan to ‘Variety’, referring to the film’s current 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. “It research tested extremely well,” she added, saying that the stars are about to start promoting the film heavily abroad. “We’re hopeful that our international numbers will help us with our overall.”

However, Dergarabedian told AP that ‘Baywatch’ is not the only film that fared poorly. “ ‘Baywatch’ doesn’t stand alone as a casualty in this marketplace. It’s joining a cadre of other films that have underperformed.”

Up next in terms of big ticket releases is ‘Wonder Woman’ which releases this weekend.

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of 28 May, are:

1. Pirates Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Disney – $270.6 Million
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – Disney – $28.5 Million
3. Alien: Covenant – 20th Century Fox – $21.3 Million
4. Baywatch – Paramount Pictures – $18.1 Million
5. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – Warner Bros. – $13.2 Million
6. Dangal – China Film Co. – $10.6 Million
7. Get Out – Universal – $7.5 Million
8. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – 20th Century Fox – $6.8 Million
9. Everything, Everything – Warner Bros. – $6.2 Million
10. Beauty And The Beast – Disney – $5.4 Million
11. Snatched – 20th Century Fox – $5.3 Million
12. The Fate Of The Furious – Universal – $4.8 Million

The top 12 US weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of 28 May, are:

1. Pirates Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Disney – $62.2 Million
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – Disney – $19.9 Million
3. Baywatch – Paramount – $18.1 Million
4. Alien: Covenant – 20th Century Fox – $10.5 Million
5. Everything, Everything – Warner Bros. – $6.2 Million
6. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – 20th Century Fox – $4.4 Million
7. Snatched – 20th Century Fox – $3.9 Million
8. King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword – Warner Bros. – $3.2 Million
9. The Boss Baby – 20th Century Fox – $1.7 Million
10. Beauty And The Beast – Disney – $1.6 Million
11. The Fate Of The Furious – Universal – $1.5 Million
12. How To Be A Latin Lover – Lionsgate – $1 Million