Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” looks set to dominate the Memorial Day holiday box-office, with the Dwayne Johnson-led “Baywatch” coming in second.
Early estimates have the $230 million-budgeted ‘Pirates’ taking in $80 million during the Friday-Monday weekend, and twice that overseas where it has begun to roll out.
That’s a far cry from a decade ago when “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s” opened to $140 million domestically. Meanwhile “Baywatch” is on track for a $40 million opening in its first five dates. With a budget of $65 million, it’s a much less risky bet.
Both “Baywatch” and ‘Pirates’ are being widely panned. ‘Pirates’ sits at a 48/100 on Metacritic, the second worst for the series behind only the fourth film. It’s Rotten Tomatoes score of 34% isn’t much better.
The Metacritic score for “Baywatch” is far worse at 37/100 – putting it almost on par with floptaculars “Terminator Genisys,” “Ben-Hur” and “Assassin’s Creed”. On Rotten Tomatoes, “Baywatch” is pulling in just 17% positive reviews.
Last weekend’s disappointing results from Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” have raised worries about the summer movie season of 2017. Year-to-date results are up 2.5% to $4.31 billion, according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScor, who also noted that summer results are off nearly 10% compared with the 2016 summer.