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Box office: ‘Baywatch’ is no match for ‘Pirates’ this Memorial Day weekend

It’s pirates vs lifeguards at the Memorial Day weekend box office.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the long-running Disney franchise, is expected to earn an impressive $75 million from 4,276 theaters over the course of the four-day Memorial Day weekend, according to box office analysts who have been keeping a close eye on sales figures.

Dead Men Tell No Tales, which sees Johnny Depp reprise his role as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, was produced on a hefty $230 million budget and was originally expected to reach the $80 million mark by the end of the weekend. On Thursday night, the film took in $5.5 million and is close to reaching the $26 million mark by the end of the day on Friday.

Despite an aggressive marketing campaign, Paramount’s raunchy R-rated comedy Baywatch isn’t faring as well as early projections originally thought it would and is expected to barely reach $30 million by Monday. The studio has seen a number of pricey films flop this year including Ghost in the Shell and Monster Trucks, and they could be adding Baywatch to the list if sales don’t begin to pick-up.

With Marvel’s box office smash Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 expected to reel in an additional $26 million this weekend and Fox’s Alien: Covenant on-track for $16 million, the summer is off to a mediocre start, but things should begin to kick into high gear in June with the arrival of films such as Wonder Woman, The Mummy, and Cars 3.

Written by Matt Casillas

Matt Casillas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Silver Screen Beat. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and can usually be found scrolling through Twitter while attempting to get over an extreme case of writer's block.

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