In a repeat of 2016, only one film managed to succeed over the Memorial Day weekend. Last year it was “X-Men: Apocalypse” that won the holiday with an $80M debut, the film easily trounced Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which only brought in $33M over the same time-period. This year Disney came out on top, bringing in $77M with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and $25M with “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”. That leaves “Baywatch,” which opened to just $23M over the four-day weekend, in a depressing third overall.
As we reported yesterday, the traditional weekend box-office had “Pirates 5” in first-place with $62M, while “Baywatch” was still in third-place with just $18M. Paramount was hoping to cash-in on the start of the summer with “Baywatch,” but it looks like sandwiching the film between “Guardians 2” and “Wonder Woman” was a terrible idea.
The reviews for “Baywatch” were dismal from the start, with most outlets panning the adult-comedy before fans even had the option to see it in theaters. Rotten Tomatoes currently has “Baywatch” sitting at 19%, while “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is only slightly higher at 31%.
“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. “Baywatch” was directed by Seth Gordon, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario.
To make matters even worse for the studios, the films have almost no chance of improving their domestic box-office rankings next weekend. “Pirates 5” and “Baywatch” will have to take on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Wonder Woman” next weekend, as well as “Captain Underpants”.
“Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, working from a screenplay written by Allan Heinberg. The film stars Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, and Chris Pine. “Captain Underpants” was directed by David Soren, working from a screenplay written by Nicholas Stoller. The film is based on the novels by Dav Pilkey. The film stars the voice talents of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Nick Kroll.