'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks

The R-rated feature based on the TV show which stars Dwayne "The Rock' Johnson and Zac Efron, is now in 3,647 theaters". The critic aggregation site increasingly is slowing down the potential business of popcorn movies.

Baywatch was expected to debut in 3,647 North American locations, making between $32 million and $40 million in five days. The sequel looks to pull in another $24.2 million over the four-day weekend, raising its domestic total close to $340 million. "We're setting out to make a film that resonates as a global film", he said, adding that audiences are "still here" in the U.S.as well. Releasing on the same day in the US, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales aka Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge and Baywatch fought to rule over the high tides. I have to think that Paramount's release strategy was to combine Baywatch's Thursday for the win over Pirates' previews, as they hoped to change the narrative heading into the weekend.

" "Pirates" is a huge spectacle film, the kind that audiences around the world have been drawn to, certainly worldwide audiences have been drawn to", said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Disney. At least as long as the rest of the world never finds out about review aggregation. 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. The panned film (we're talking a dismal 19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes right now) opened with $18 million this weekend and will scratch out $22 million by the end of the long weekend, per Box Office Mojo.

Dead Men Tell No Tales brings Depp back to the famous franchise after a six year break.

Panama switches diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China
A Chinese vessel was the first to pass through the Panama Canal after a major expansion project was completed last June. Panama's termination of bilateral relations with Taiwan means there are only 20 countries that recognise Taiwan.

Pirates still managed to deliver an opening weekend win, with an easy finish ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, last week's box-office leader, dropped off sharply to fourth place.

Disney can celebrate this holiday as its live-action musical Beauty and the Beast is hovering just under the $500M mark domestically after last night's audience pushed it to $499M.

One more highlight for Disney this weekend: global ticket sales have now topped $1 billion for the year.

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