"Baywatch" sinks at the box office, while "Pirates" sails on

"Baywatch" sinks at the box office, while "Pirates" sails on

In this battle on the high seas and the beach, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" overwhelmed "Baywatch" for Memorial Day weekend box office victory.

Back in 2013, Memorial Day weekend brought moviegoers out in droves thanks to "Fast & Furious 6" and "The Hangover Part III", which combined for a four-day opening of $167 million.

Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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Dead Men's fellow new wide release Baywatch was unable to surpass Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($20.6 million three-day, $25.1 million four day, $338.4 million total), coming in at number three with a lower than expected four-day gross of $23 million (three-day $18.5 million). With that trend in progress, it'll be interesting to see if Disney decides to milk this cash cow for another movie or two despite "Dead Men" supposedly being the last.

Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel sailed to the top of the North American box office during the four-day Memorial Day weekend, raking in almost US$78.5 million (S$108.7 million), industry figures showed Tuesday.

Only the first film - The Curse of the Black Pearl - did worse, snapping up around $62 million on its domestic debut.

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Directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin R. McNally, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Stephen Graham, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush. 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 awful idea. Also opening in limited release will be Pantelion's comedy 3 Idiotas, IFC's comedy Band Aid, CBS Films' dramatic comedy Dean, Well Go USA's action film God of War, Purdie Distribution's drama Love, Kennedy, Instrum Int's comedy Opening Night, Samuel Goldwyn Films' foreign film Past Life, Entertainment Studios' sci-fi movie The Recall and Vertical Entertainment's crime drama Vincent N Roxxy.

Disney hopes the box-office plunder keeps rolling in: The elaborately produced Pirates cost the studio US$230 million to make. With a price tag of $230 million, these opening numbers would be a heavy blow, but luckily the worldwide box office is making up for the domestic lag. The film sold just $18.1 million in US tickets for the first three days of the weekend and is expected to rack up just $22 million at the end of the four days.

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