Pirates In-Arrr-guably the Weekend’s Top Movie

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Ahoy there, ye readers! Hoping ye had a hearty holiday weekend. Many a mate stopped swabbin’ the deck and steered their ship leeward toward the movie theater, spending many a doubloon.

And what movie did those landlubbers favor? Shiver me timbers! ‘Twas Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales! Johnny Depp’s latest yarn fired a shot across the bow at the cinematic fleet giving chase, sending those scallywags running, lest they be sent to Davy Jones’ locker.

Just how many pieces o’ eight did Pirates make off with? Why, $62.6 million or thereabouts for the traditional three-day weekend, according to early estimates. Throw in Memorial Day, and Pirates earned Disney $77 million, which the studio will surely bury on a desert isle somewhere. A haul like that would make anyone jolly, Roger!

Another band o’ do-gooding buccaneers—the eclectic space rogues from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—gave Disney the second-place medal, too. The superhero flick banked $20.6 million during the three-day weekend, pushing its domestic total to $338.5 million. That’s good enough for second place on the year, though it’s still well back of 2017’s No. 1 flick, Beauty and the Beast ($500.9 million).

Oh, and with that formidable one-two punch of Guardians and Beauty, and with the strong debut of Pirates, Disney has already earned more than $1 billion domestically this year.

Disney’s success makes me wonder whether Zac Efron wish he was back with the Mouse House. Efron’s latest film, Baywatch, spent the weekend thrashing in the turgid box-office waters, earning just $18.6 million and leaving studio execs scanning the horizon for some form of rescue. Even Dwayne Johnson, arguably the planet’s most bankable star, couldn’t save this reboot from the sharks. Perhaps Efron might consider  reading the script for High School Musical: The Millennial Years?

Alien: Covenant, last week’s No. 1, lost 70% of its audience and tumbled all the way down to fourth. It earned $10.6 million, which just might be more frightening than the movie itself. Meanwhile, Everything, Everything closed out the Top Five with a $6 million weekend.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 12 months ago
By CbinJ
I'm guilty of being a PoC "fan" even though I think I appreciated the movies more when I was a teenager. That being said, boy, that fifth installment was a ship wreck. They should've stopped with On Stranger Tides. The sexual jokes and violence were ratcheted up leagues above the previous movies. We chose to see Pirates instead of Guardians because I thought the innuendo would be less frequent and more tolerable--not so much. The new characters were flat and old favorites were destroyed (for example, Jack was black out drunk and selfish the entire time with absolutely no real explanation as to why he would sink so low). The whole thing was really disappointing. 
By CbinJ
charitysplace 12 months ago
Pirates was awesome. For me, it's the best PoC film since the original. Sat there with my friends and we all had an absolute blast.
SJamison More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to Wonder Woman.  Please be good, please be good.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Great news! It has a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes! I'm planning to see it this Friday!
Anonymous 12 months ago
By CbinJ
This is the first DC comics movie that has really piqued my interest. I love period pieces and Wonder Woman seems to have that Agent Carter or Captain America: The First Avenger vibe. I'm surprised how much I am looking forward to seeing it.
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