BOX OFFICE REPORT
May 26-28, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Pirates of the Caribbean 5
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||$19.8 million|
|Alien: Covenant||$10.5 million|
|Everything, Everything||$6.1 million|
Dead men may tell no tales, but it's possible the Pirates franchise might not be telling any more either. Despite a No. 1 debut for the Memorial Day Weekend, the latest in the Johnny Depp-led series had the lowest debut of any of the films, save the first one back in 2003. The Curse of the Black Pearl will almost certainly earn more overall. Of course, the film is doing well overseas, where the underperforming On Stranger Tides made more than $800 million. Still, the oft-delayed sequel got miserable reviews and isn't the reliable performer it used to be.
That's not the case with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which also features a ship crewed by a bunch of misfits and criminals. The big summer kick-off movie has held on surprisingly well, and has now outgrossed the original, which was the highest grossing movie of 2014 until a little phenomenon called American Sniper arrived at the tail end of the year. The sequel is now the fifth-biggest MCU title, and the highest-grossing one not directly connected to the Avengers.
Despite all the fit bodies – both male and female – to ogle, audiences didn't care too much to see Baywatch. The tongue-in-cheek adaptation certainly did better than CHiPs, but nowhere near the heights of 21 or 22 Jump Street. It's also the Rock's lowest debut since 2003's The Rundown. But it was still enough to top the second weekend of Alien: Covenant, which fell a disastrous 70 percent and now has no shot at even $100 million, meaning a sequel to wrap up this story is in doubt. (I'd hate to see this story go unfinished, but your mileage may vary.) Everything, Everything, stayed steady to continue its sleeper success.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Long Strange Trip, an ungodly long documentary on the Grateful Dead. Despite its length, it averaged $17,066 on its pair of screens.
- Beauty and the Beast just passed $500 million, making it only the eighth movie to do that stateside. But it's nothing new for Disney. That's their third such movie to do that in as many years.
- Ever so quietly, without ever hitting the top 5, the Chris Evans tear-jerker Gifted has made more than $23 million. It's not as flashy as his turns as Captain America, obviously, but this was a solid money-maker for Fox Searchlight, and it will do even better on home video and on demand.
Wonder Woman is hear to silence all the haters. The latest DC movie has been getting rave reviews and people are finally getting excited (well, except for a small but loud group of awful dudes online) after the letdowns of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. I still think it will debut below those, but with a very strong $90 million. Captain Underpants will do a respectable $40 million.