Latest ‘Pirates’ Movie & ‘Baywatch’ Deliver Worst Memorial Long Weekend Box Office Since 1999

It was a huge belly flop at the box office this Memorial Day long weekend. Two high-profile offerings underwhelmed, giving the holiday’s worst frame in almost two decades. The four-day weekend’s domestic total earnings of $172.3 million are the lowest recorded since 1999’s long weekend numbers of $142.5 million. That year, Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace opened with $64.8 million. Not a great way to kick off the lucrative summer theatrical season.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales led the pack with $77 million. Hardly a number to scoff at, but the fifth installment is the second-lowest debut for the swashbuckling franchise since the series’ launch, The Curse of the Black Pearl, which opened to $46 million in 2003. On the bright side, the film is doing boffo business oversees. It’s worldwide total is expected to pass $300 million when official numbers are released.

Not even Dwayne Johnson’s magnetism or Zac Efron’s washboard abs could save the big screen adaptation of Baywatch. The Paramount Pictures comedy floundered with $23 million domestically, against an estimated $69 million production budget. It’s far below industry expectations and The Rock’s usually reliable track record. His last five films have opened between $35 million and $147 million. It’s safe to say, the Baywatch film franchise is dead in the water.

Did you watch either film this weekend or did you enjoy the sunshine? Check out the Top 10 below and weigh in afterward.

2017 Memorial Day Long Weekend Estimates

1 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $77 million
2 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $25.1 million
3 – Baywatch – $23 million
4 – Alien: Covenant – $13.2 million
5 – Everything, Everything – $7.4 million
6 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – $5.8 million
7 – Snatched – $4.9 million
8 – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $4.1 million
9 – The Boss Baby – $2.3 million
10 – Beauty and the Beast – $1.9 million