It was a battle of sand and sea, but only one movie could be named king of the shore this holiday weekend. The adult-comedy “Baywatch” and “Pirates of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” opened nationwide in theaters this week, and so-far it seems that moviegoers chose the Pirates over the booty. We will have the accumulated estimates of the entire holiday weekend tomorrow, but as for now, it’s good to be a pirate.
Taking the top-spot through the traditional weekend was Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which opened to $62M across 4,276 locations. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” was directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the screenplay and story was written by Jeff Nathanson. The film stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom.
Disney also took second-place this week with its super-hero blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”. The sequel grossed another $19.8M this weekend, remaining in 3,871 locations. This weekend bolstered the film’s domestic gross, which has now hit the $333M mark. “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2” was directed by James Gunn, the sequel stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Paramount’s “Baywatch” adaptation did manage to take third-place overall, but the studio can’t be happy with the film’s $18M debut. The film released in 3,647 locations this weekend, and will have to hope for a big Monday showing. “Baywatch” was directed by Seth Gordon, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario.
FOX’s “Alien: Covenant” dropped to fourth-place on the domestic charts this weekend, bringing in $10M across 3,772 locations. The film has now been in theaters for two-weeks, but has already grossed over $57M domestically. “Alien Covenant” was directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup.
The Warner Bros.’ drama “Everything, Everything” remained in the top-five for another weekend, despite only grossing $6M in the film’s second week in theaters. Since the film’s debut last weekend, the film-adaptation has grossed $21.5M domestically. “Everything, Everything” was directed by Stella Meghie, and stars Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, and Anika Noni Rose. The Warner Bros. film was based on the book written by Nicola Yoon ($7 at Amazon).
These films will have to battle two heavyweights next weekend, as both “Captain Underpants” and “Wonder Woman” are set to open nationwide. Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Wonder Woman” was recently named the most-anticipated summer film of 2017 in a recent survey with Fandango, but “Captain Underpants” is the only new family-release hitting theaters next week. It will be interesting to see where they land on the summer blockbuster charts, which usually favors large comic-book adaptations.