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Pirates of the Caribbean sequel steals North American box office title

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has sailed to the top of the North American box office with a $62.2 million (£48.6 million) debut.
Johnny Depp’s latest Disney blockbuster, which features Javier Bardem as villain Captain Salazar, easily snags first place on the domestic box office chart with its three-day estimate, but the opening gross pales in comparison with previous installments of the adventure franchise.
Dead Men Tell No Tales trails behind the last release, On Stranger Tides, which launched with a $90 million (£70.3 million) take in 2011. That was a down from 2006’s Dead Man’s Chest and 2007’s At World’s End, which debuted with $135.6 million (£105.9 million) and $114.7 million (£89.6 million), respectively.
Despite the falling interest in the swashbuckling series in the U.S. and Canada, Pirates of the Caribbean continues to strike gold abroad. Outside of the North American market, the action adventure raked in an impressive $208.4 million (£162.7 million), giving Disney bosses an estimated opening global haul of $270.6 million (£211.3 million) on a $230 million (£179.7 million) budget.
The total figure is expected to be bumped up to over $300 million (£234.3 million) worldwide by the end of Monday (29May17), thanks to holiday weekends in the U.S. and U.K., reports Variety.com
Meanwhile, back in the North American box office, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to perform well in its fourth week on release, earning another $19.9 million (£15.5 million) to hold on to second place.
The strong turn out forces Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron’s Baywatch movie reboot to settle for third place. The comedy revamp, which cost more than $60 million (£46.9 million) to make, appears to have been sunk by a string of bad reviews, debuting with just $18.1 million (£14.1 million). It’s not known if the disappointing gross will derail filmmakers’ plans for a sequel, in which producer Beau Flynn had hoped to take the lifeguard crew overseas.
Last week’s most popular film, Alien: Covenant, slips to number four, while teen romance Everything, Everything rounds out the new top five.

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