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It Was A Terrible Memorial Day Weekend At The Box Office

Steve Porter / May 30, 2017

Just how bad was It? Well, it hasn’t been this bad since 1999.


The best of the bunch over the weekend came from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, which brought in $77 million. The fifth installment of the series has brought the series’ combined total to over $4 billion globally. It wasn’t actually the worst launch of the franchise either, the holder of that title was The Curse of the Black Pearl, which opened in 2003 with $46 million.


A poor weekend also meant that Dwayne Johnson’s latest film, a raunchy Baywatch adaptation with Zac Efron and Alexandria dedario, fell flat. “The Rock” has been a rock star in films so this opening was largely a surprise. To give you some perspective, his five previous movies opened between $35 million and $147 million. Baywatch opened with only $23 million. With a $69 million price tag, it’s hard to say whether the film will be able to break even. If it does, it will rely heavily on international audiences.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, another Disney property, held steady at the number 2 position, bringing in another $25.1 million, raising it’s North American total to $338.5 million and its global earnings to $788.6 million.


Rounding out the top five is Ridley Scott’s second prequel to Alien from 1979, Alien: Covenant. In its second week, the film saw an alarming drop. Opening with $36.2 million, the film only added $13.2 million over the long weekend. Even so, it was good enough to land the film at No. 4 over the weekend. At No. 5 was Stella Meghie’s movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything. It brought in $7.4 million to bring it’s total to $22.7 million. Not bad for a film with a budget of only $10 million.


Once again, here’s how the movies over Memorial Day 2017 played out.


No. 1 – $77 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
No. 2 – $25.1 million, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
No. 3 – $23 million, Baywatch
No. 4 – $13.2 million, Alien: Covenant
No. 5 – $7.4 million, Everything, Everything


Featured image via observer-reporter (Paramount Pictures)