Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales surged past another Disney offering, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to account for almost half of the tickets sold by the top-12 performers in the first three days of the four-day Memorial Day weekend, Exhibitor Relations reported.
Though the exact film was not revealed, sources indicate that the hackers claimed to be in possession of Disney's newest franchise entry "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales".
Over time, the Pirates franchise has become more reliant on overseas ticket sales and that shouldn't be a problem. Critics have not been kind to Dead Men Tell No Tales either, giving the movie a meager 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, although fans have given it an A- Cinemascore.
Salazar's Revenge (also known as Dead Men Tell No Tales) sees Johnny Depp reprising his role as the hapless, swaying, slurring pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, once again roped into an adventure on the high seas.More news: Theresa May to Remain PM Despite Calls to Go
"This is a trend that we've seen play out over the course of these films", Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Disney, told the Associated Press. With $18.1 million, the movie had the biggest opening weekend ever in the country of Russian Federation, according to state sponsored media and the Exhibitor Relations twitter account. "Baywatch" was directed by Seth Gordon, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Baywatch are great counter-programming to the horror film that barely took the top spot at the box office last weekend. For its first four days of worldwide release, Variety expects sales to top $300 million.
Even "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" did better in its fourth weekend. The movie's previous pleasant record and big time star Johnny Depp makes Disney anticipate tremendous profits overseas to make up for any shortfall may happen.
Earlier this year, Dax Shepard's R-rated update of "CHiPs" tanked, netting only $18.6 million domestically against a $25 million budget.
In fourth place is Alien: Covenant, which dropped from first place from last week and grossed only $13.75 million over the long weekend. With a current domestic total of $57.3 million, it doesn't look like Covenant will end its domestic run in theaters anywhere near Prometheus' $126.5 million gross, and won't likely eclipse Aliens or even Alien Vs. Predator $85.2 million and $80.3 million domestic totals.