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By Leonard Klady Klady@moviecitynews.com

The Weekend Report

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales easily led the Memorial holiday with an estimated $61.9 million debut during the three-day portion of the weekend. (All figures reflect 3-day box office; chart will be updated on Monday). The session’s other national opener — and alternative ocean-splasher — Baywatch had a less auspicious beach experience at $18.1 million.

On Friday, Disney also became the first distributor to cross the $1 billion threshold domestically — it was also first to the mark in 2016 but 19 days earlier — with Beauty and the Beast passing $500 million on Sunday. Internationally, The Fate of the Furious became 2017’s first $1 billion box office behemoth.

Three-day weekend revenues approached $145 million, a 13% uptick from seven days back. It was a 15% dip from 2016 when the bows of X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass with respective starts of $79.8 million and $33.5 million.

In international day-and-date releases, Ramadan prompted a wave of Indian newcomers. Hindi offerings saw OK results of $332,000 for Sachin: A Billion Dreams and $142,000 for Saab Bahadar. Telugu Rarandoi Vekuda Chudham also had good response of $303,000. Incoming exclusive bows were bland, though diehards provided the only-four-hour Grateful Dead doc Long Strange Trip with $36,800 from regular engagements following Thursday special screenings that grossed about $260,000, prior to its Amazon streaming debut this week.

The fifth episode of Pirates of the Caribbean was expected to open at $65-$68 million with critical response targeting narrative fatigue and spectacle over substance. One curiosity was the choice of making Captain Jack Sparrow a supporting character, and the post-credits teaser implies the next edition will focus on new characters from the current film. On the domestic side, the Pirates crew was 53% male with 63% of viewers aged 25 and older. The 18-34 crowd accounted for 49% of the total, with a slim 18% identified as families.

Dead Men Tell No Tales proved more buoyant overseas with a three-day estimate of $208 million from 54 markets (only Japan missing from the mix). China bested the U.S. bow with a $68 million tally. Other top grossing arenas included Russia at $18.1 million, South Korea grossing $11.6 million, $9.3 million in France, Germany providing $8.4 million and Mexico with $6.9 million.

Baywatch joined CHIPs as the TV refugee not reaching a safe haven. Critics were gleeful about kicking sand at the big screen endeavor, citing more giggle than jiggle. Studio exit demos identified the audience as 52% female with 55% aged 25-years and older. Its only foreign playdate was Taiwan where it bowed to a solid $870,000. It expands to 32 international markets next weekend.

Title Distributor Gross (average) % change * Theaters Cume
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men BV 61.9 (14,480) NEW 4276 61.9
Guardians Vol. 2 BV 20.2 (5,220) -42% 3871 333.5
Baywatch Par 18.1 (4,960) NEW 3647 22.7
Alien: Covenant Fox 10.6 (2,810) -71% 3772 57.4
Everything, Everything WB 6.1 (2,190) -48% 2801 21.5
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Fox 4.4 (1,400) -38% 3174 13.6
Snatched Fox 3.9 (1,470) -50% 2658 40.3
King Arthur: Legend WB 3.2 (1,280) -55% 2503 33.9
The Boss Baby Fox 1.7 (1,290) -39% 1342 169
Beauty and the Beast BV 1.5 (1,430) -40% 1076 500.5
The Fate of the Furious Uni 1.5 (1,080) -54% 1358 222.5
How to Be a Latin Lover Lionsgate .93 (1,390) -55% 669 29.91
The Lovers A24 .66 (1,490) 142% 443 1.3
Lowriders High Top .53 (1,580) -55% 334 5.1
Norman: The Moderate Rise … Sony Classics .48 (1,490) -15% 324 3
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville .47 (3,840) -33% 123 3.2
Paris Can Wait Sony Classics .44 (1,920) 134% 23 0.85
Gifted Fox Searchlight .36 (950) -53% 380 23.6
Sachin: A Billion Dreams Viva .33 (3,320) NEW 100 0.33
Rarandoi Veduka Chudham US Telugu .30 (2,730) NEW 111 0.37
The Wedding Plan Roadside Attractions .28 (3,010) 72% 92 0.56
Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony .27 (730) -54% 362 43.6
Kong: Skull Island WB .26 (1,040) 28% 246 167.4
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India .24 (2,010) -50% 121 20.7
Going in Style WB .24 (700) -50% 344 43.9
Weekend Total ($500,000+ Films) $135.7
% Change (Last Year) -15%
% Change (Last Week) 13%
Also debuting/expanding
A Quiet Passion Music Box .16 (1,440) -23% 108 1.4
The Zookeeper’s Wife Focus .16 (950) -32% 165 17.1
Saab Bahadar Zee Studios .14 (3,300) 43 0.14
The Lost City of Z Bleecker Street .13 (1,050) -37% 121 8.2
Maudie Mongrel .10 (1,780) -15% 57 1.9
Dear Other Self ABS 76,600 (1,820) 42 0.08
Buena Vista Social Club: Adios Broad Green 59,500 (780) 76 0.06
Long Strange Trip Abramorama 36.800 (18,400) 3 0.04
Berlin Syndrome Netflix 21,200 (850) 25 0.02
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan Abramorama 19,300 (9,650) 2 0.02
29 + 1 Media Asia 17,300 (1,730) 10 0.02
Hermia & Helena Kino 12,700 (6,350) 2 0.01
Da Co Hoai Lang: Hello Vietnam Galaxy 10,800 (10,800) 1 0.01
Black Butterfly Lionsgate 4,300 (360) 12 0.01
Domestic Market Share (January 2 – May 25, 2017)
Distributor (releases) Box Office Market Share
Buena Vista (6) 980.1 22.70%
Universal (9) 863.2 20.00%
20th Century Fox (15) 709.3 16.40%
Warner Bros. (14) 520.9 12.00%
Lionsgate (11) 398.2 9.20%
Paramount (11) 199.9 4.60%
Sony (8) 172.9 4.00%
Weinstein Co. (3) 63.1 1.50%
STX (5) 49.9 1.20%
Focus (9) 41.7 0.95%
Open Road (5) 41.4 0.95%
Fox Searchlight (5) 38.3 0.90%
CBS (2) 32.6 0.75%
A24 (4) 21.2 0.50%
Roadside Attractions (5) 20.1 0.45%
Other * (147) 169.2 3.90%
4322 100%
* none greater than 0.4%
Top Limited Releases (January 2 – May 25, 2017)
Title Distributor Box Office
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India 20,464,961
The Lost City of Z Bleecker/Elevation 8,112,547
I Am Not Your Negro Magnolia/Mongrel 7,112,123
Silence * Par 6,826,130
20th Century Women * A24/Elevation 5,486,188
Your Name FunImation 4,871,866
Lowriders High Top 4,588,135
A United Kingdom Fox Searchlight 3,902,185
Sleight High Top 3,886,705
Raees Zee Studios 3,618,447
Table 19 Fox Searchlight 3,614,896
Their Finest STX/Elevation 3,253,795
Dangal * UTV 3,197,854
Ballerina Seville 2,991,747
Colossal Neon 2,902,882
2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts Magnolia 2,835,355
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Seville 2,762,284
Kedi Oscillosope 2,638,110
Norman: Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer Sony Classics 2,506,226
The Salesman Cohen/Elevation 2,409,117
* does not include 2016 box office

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Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Cars 2 19.6 4256 New 19.6
All Eyez on Me 12.7 2471 New 12.7
Wonder Woman 10.8 4018 -31% 244.6
47 Meters Down 4.3 2270 New 4.3
The Mummy 3.8 4034 -69% 46.4
Rough Night 3.3 3162 New 3.3
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2.3 2759 -23% 143.9
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 2.2 2968 -39% 52.8
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 1.2 1813 -29% 371.1
It Comes at Night 0.8 2450 -67% 9.3
Also Debuting
The Book of Henry 0.51 579
Super Singh 44,400 44
Un Sac de billes 28,800 16
Warriors of the Dawn 10,300 31
Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement … 9,300 1
The Journey 8,700 2
Monterey Pop (reissue) 6,500 9
Il Boom (reissue) 2,200 1
Moka 2,100 1
Jasmine 1,150 1
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4