According to estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com the fifth film in the franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", sold $62.2 million in US tickets for the first three days of wide release and looks set to close the four-day holiday weekend at around $77 million.
"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 US$23.1 million in ticket sales, Exhibitor Relations said.
Johnny Depp arrives on the red carpet for the global premiere of the film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in Shanghai May 11, 2017.
Thanks largely to those hits, Disney became the first studio this year to top $1 billion in domestic ticket sales, according to Box Office.
Dead Men Tell No Tales trails behind the last release, On Stranger Tides, which launched with a $90 million (£70.3 million) take in 2011.
" "Pirates" is a huge spectacle film, the kind that audiences around the world have been drawn to, certainly global audiences have been drawn to", said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Disney. The fact it opened up with over $60 million is not a cause to be disappointed, but we should actually be impressed.
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This month's box office has also been tough on almost every film except "Guardians of the Galaxy". Thus, Baywatch took in an estimated $5.7 million during the four-day holiday projection. No part of the world can say no to a pirate movie.
Box office numbers prove Disney knew what it was doing when the studio chose to make the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
Fox's "Alien: Covenant" should end up in fourth during its second weekend in theaters. I was surprised that it cracked ten million last weekend but between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Alien: Covenant, the new competition last weekend was pretty thin.
This weekend, a number of films are meeting or passing milestones.