'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' off to a middling start as 'Beauty and the Beast' crosses $500 million domestic

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales topped Memorial Day weekend with a $77 million four-day, $62.6 million three-day cume. That was enough to clinch the number one spot, if not a huge amount for a film that cost $230 million to make. It’s the second-lowest opening ever for the Pirates franchise, higher only than the first film, which opened to $46.6 million in 2003 and then surfed on a wave of extremely positive word of mouth to a $305.4 million domestic haul.

Though Dead Men Tell No Tales’ domestic gross is underwhelming, internationally things are another story. (It was the same with the fourth Pirates film, On Stranger Tides, which made only $241 million domestically but crossed the billion-dollar mark worldwide.) In foreign markets, Dead Men earned $208.4 million, which should be more than enough for Disney to greenlight the sequel that Dead Men's post-credits scene teases.

Dead Men’s fellow new wide release Baywatch was unable to surpass Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($20.6 million three-day, $25.1 million four day, $338.4 million total), coming in at number three with a lower than expected four-day gross of $23 million (three-day $18.5 million).

Rounding out the top five, we have Alien: Covenant (three-day $10.5 million, four day-$13.1 million, total $59.9 million), which dropped a hefty 70.8% in its second weekend, and teen romance Everything, Everything with a four-day total ($7.3 million) that brings it past the $20 million mark.

Beauty in the Beast, still lingering in the top ten after nearly three months, earned $1.9 million over the long weekend, bringing its domestic total to $500.9 million. That makes it the first 2017 release to cross $500 million domestically. Worldwide, it’s sitting at $1.23 billion, making it the tenth highest-grossing film of all time. Another milestone was crossed by The Fate of the Furious, which crossed the billion dollar mark at the international box office. Add in domestic ticket sales, and it’s an even $10 million behind Beauty and the Beast.

Among new specialty releases, the highest earner was Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead, bringing in $34,131 on a pair of screens. Berlin Syndrome slunk into 25 theatres with $23,300, and dance doc Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan made $21,127 on two screens.