It’s the Memorial Day long weekend in the U.S., which should mean big box office for some of the new releases that are hitting theatres. Will any of them take down last week’s number one film? Here’s our prediction:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the seemingly venerable Disney franchise. But all isn’t necessarily well in the Pirates world. It’s been a long time since Johnny Depp has had a real hit, and with his appearances in courts and gossip columns thanks to his failed marriage and legal battles with management, his box office clout isn’t what it once was. While this new Pirates film will top the box office this weekend, it will be a far cry from the franchise’s peak in 2006, when Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man’s Chest debut in with $135 million. Look for Dead Men Tell No Tales to open with $70 million.
Coming off his fifth time hosting Saturday Night Live, Dwayne Johnson will have to settle for second place at the box office this weekend with his Baywatch remake. The R-rated comedy co-stars Zac Efron and, even though its reviews have been weak, the combination of The Rock and Efron should be enough to bring in significant dollars. Look for a second place debut for Baywatch with $40 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume Two will be in third place with $23 million. The underperforming Alien: Covenant will drop to fourth place with $17 million, while Everything, Everything will close things out in fifth place with $7 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $70 million
2) Baywatch – $40 million
3) Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume Two – $23 million
4) Alien: Covenant – $17 million
5) Everything, Everything – $7 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!