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Hollywood studios may be scared to show their summer report cards to their corporate bosses. After all, ticket sales were down 12% year-over-year as flops like “The Mummy” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” failed to attract crowds.
That’s not to say the Universals, Warners, and Disneys of the world didn’t have successes they could crow about. Despite the rough box office headwinds, there were still some big hits. Sequels to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Despicable Me” scored, “Wonder Woman” and its feminist heroine tapped into the zeitgeist, while “Dunkirk,” a brainy historical drama, sailed into the heart of summer and emerged triumphant.
To help the six major studios learn from their mistakes (and to give them gold stars when they excelled), Variety is taking a hard look at the summer that was. Here are the hits and misses, winners and losers of popcorn season.
- Brent Lang and Seth Kelley
Burbank, CA, June 26, 2017 – Don’t miss the royal showdown when King Arthur: Legend of the Sword arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Entertainment, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword stars Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Oscar® nominee Law (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley), along with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Mage; Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Legend of Tarzan, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Bedivere; Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) as Goosefat Bill; and Eric Bana (Star Trek, Hulk) as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon.
- ComicMix Staff
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” opened at No. 1 in Japan over the July 1-2 weekend – the best start for a foreign film so far this year.
Bowing on 989 screens on the first day of the month, when tickets are discounted at theaters across the country, the fifth installment in the “Pirates” series earned $9.25 million on 771,516 admissions. That was nearly the same number of admissions as for the previous installment, 2011’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which finished with $78 million in Japan.
At No. 2 was Toho’s “Mumon – The Land of Stealth,” Yoshihiro Nakamura’s period actioner. Starring Satoshi Ono of mega-band Arashi, the film notched $4.3 million on 404,500 admissions. With Arashi fans driving the box office, the film is expected to finish near the $25-million mark.
Ranking at No. 3 was “My Big Brother Loves Me So Much It’s a Problem,” a comedy based on a popular comic about a »
- Mark Schilling
Guy Ritchie's new take on the King Arthur legend is coming home to blu-ray this August. Warner Bros. announced the release this morning along with the bonus features coming with it. Come inside to learn more!
If you're hankering for some King Arthur movie goodness and missed out on Legend of the Sword, you'll get a chance to watch it soon enough. The blu-ray is launching on August 8th, with the digital version arriving on July 25th:
Don’t miss the royal showdown when “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
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If you’re following Johnny Depp’s ongoing lawsuit against his business managers — where newly public emails blithely reference Depp’s $20 million paychecks for The Tourist and Dark Shadows, as well as a $35 million offer for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie — then it might be astounding to learn that Gal Gadot was paid just $300,000 for her star-making performance in Wonder Woman. That Patty Jenkins–directed superhero film is on track to outpace the domestic box-office performance of virtually every film Depp has made, so doesn’t she deserve a salary comparable to that of Hollywood’s top stars? »
- Kyle Buchanan
Johnny Depp helps bring the star power to Murder on the Orient Express, which, judging from the cast alone, looks like a killer film. The movie based on Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery novel and tells of a mystery surrounding the murder of a man on board a train traveling across Europe. Kenneth Branagh directed the movie and stars as the main character, private investigator Hercule Poirot, who dubs himself the "greatest detective in the world." Depp plays Edward Ratchett, the killed train passenger. Murder on the Orient Express also features a slew of well-known stars as fellow riders and murder suspects (yes, plural). Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides »
Disney is celebrating another box office win this weekend with its swashbuckling adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It is coming away with an easy win, earning $77 million over the four-day holiday weekend. That debut also continues a downward box office trend for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with the last installment, 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, debuting with $90.1 million in this same weekend frame back in 2011. A new report reveals that this weekend as a whole marks the lowest Memorial Day weekend gross since 1999, when the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace reigned supreme.
Variety reports that the total box office earnings for this weekend add up to $172.3 million, which is the lowest Memorial Day box office since the $142.5 million total from the Memorial Day four-day frame in 1999, when The Phantom Menace, in its second weekend in theaters, easily won »
Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, most box office analysts predicted that Disney's family-friendly adventure Pirates of the Carbbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales would have no trouble taking down the R-rated comedy Baywatch at the box office. The only question was how much would these Pirates beat the lifeguards by, and today we have our answer. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales easily took the top spot with $62.6 million over the three-day weekend and $77 million over the four-day holiday weekend. While it was certainly an easy win, it also proves that this franchise has lost some of its luster.
Box Office Mojo reports that this pirate adventure opened in 4,276 theaters, pulling in a solid $18,018 per-screen average. While a $77 million opening would be huge for most movies, it is actually the second worst debut in Pirates franchise history, just behind the $46.6 million debut of the first movie, »
The fifth edition of the Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean franchise easily topped the Aussie box office last weekend although the debut was well below the previous installment.
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and shot in Queensland after an injection of $21.6 million in funding from the federal government plus state government incentives, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales captured $5.9 million on 292 locations, according to ComScore.
That.s 41 per cent below the $9.9 million debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. The latter finished up earning $27.2 million, which may be out of reach of the new film.
Pirates 5 scored an estimated $US77 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday in the Us and $208 million internationally for a global total of $285 million, so the studio may be hard-pressed to recoup the reported $230 million budget. »
- Don Groves
Watching Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was the most unpleasant movie experience of my life. Luckily Disney learned from that hot mess of a movie, and Dead Men Tell No Tales returns to the fun that made the original a hit. With a simple plot, a formidable new leading lady, a worthy villain played by the always effective Javier Bardem and a toned-down Jack Sparrow, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is worthy of returning to the high seas.
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While the franchise survived the departure of two of its original stars in Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley with 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that the series will only continue for as long as Johnny Depp is willing to return as Captain Jack Sparrow.
““I just don’t see it [working on Pirates without Depp],” Bruckheimer told Digital Spy during a press interview to promote the release of the new film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. “The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”
Bruckheimer also seemingly ruled out a small screen spinoff of the blockbuster series, adding that: “You have a kitchen in your house, right? But you still go out to eat. »
- Gary Collinson
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales led the way this Memorial Day weekend while Paramount's Baywatch struggled to match expectations. Meanwhile, Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to deliver while the studio's Beauty and the Beast became only the eighth film to cross $500 million domestically. Overall, the weekend was down ~15% compared to Memorial Day weekend last year when both X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass delivered underwhelming openings. With an estimated $62 million for the three-day and $76.6 million for the four-day weekend, Disney's fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise finished atop the holiday weekend box office. Additionally, the film brought in an estimated $208.4 million internationally, the 12th largest overseas opening of all-time, as it opened in virtually the entire overseas marketplace. This includes a $67.8 million debut in China and an industry record opening in Russia of an estimated $18.6 million. Additional »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies may be coming at a slow pace these days, but they still are coming. How does the Javier Bardem-starring fifth flick stack up among the other entries in the mixed-bag franchise? 5. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” At some point, “from the Academy Award-winning director of ‘Chicago'” meant something. But Rob Marshall was woefully ill-suited to make a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, and that, combined with whoever’s terrible idea it was to have Jack Sparrow as the sole lead, spelled doom for this horrifically awful experience. 4. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men. »
- Phil Owen
It gets increasingly difficult to peg where a film’s performance will fall in an opening weekend. A few years ago, things seemed a whole lot simpler, but in a world where there’s a $100 million-plus opening film hitting every other week, it gets harder to gauge the tolerance an audience has for similar films. 2011 saw the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and that film took in around $4.7 million in its opening Thursday. The movie went on to make around $90 million in its opening weekend, and over $1 billion worldwide in its theatrical run, securing its place in a rare category of ultra-successful films.
This past Thursday, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the franchise, took in $5.5 million in Thursday ticket sales. When compared to the On Stranger Tides it seems to hint at a potential $100 million opening. And why not? »
- Joseph Medina
Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for the latest Pirates movie.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth entry in the long-running Pirates series, and the second one not to be directed by franchise-starter Gore Verbinski (the first being 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Given the big name surrounding this franchise, it was undoubtedly a hard gig to lock down for co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. We at Lrm had a chance to sit down with co-director Sandberg, and right off the bat, we asked that very question.
Lrm: How did you manage to get it?
Sandberg: Joachim and I chased the movie because we heard that they were going to make a Pirates, and we got hold of the script, and we absolutely loved it, then we started calling basically Disney and Jerry [Bruckheimer] to be allowed to pitch our take on it. »
- Nancy Tapia
Fans around the world are gearing up for Thursday night sneak peek screenings of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which brings Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow back to the big screen for the first time in six years, since 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Box office analysts are predicting a huge Pirates 5 opening weekend of $285 million, with roughly $100 million most likely coming from its domestic debut. There has also been talk of what the future of this franchise may bold, but during a recent interview, producer Jerry Bruckheimer made it clear that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will never continue without Johnny Depp.
While Pirates of the Caribbean 6 has yet to be confirmed, some have questioned whether or not this new movie is a "soft reboot" of sorts, introducing new characters like Brenton Thwaites' Henry Turner and Kaya Scodelario's Carina Smyth, »
Memorial Day weekend brings two new wide releases to theaters in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's R-rated comedy Baywatch, the latter of which got a head start on the weekend holding preview screenings last night and arriving nationwide today. Neither are necessarily expected to blow the doors off with Pirates looking to finish well behind the last three films, especially Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which currently holds the Memorial Day opening weekend record of $139.8 million. Meanwhile there are a few questions as to just how high Baywatch will finish as Paramount really could use a win with this one as not one of their four releases this year has managed to hit $45 million domestically. At the top, while it isn't expected to top $100 million for the four day or even the $90.1 million Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered »
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Critics be damned, it looks like Disney has another hit on their hands with Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow and audiences around the world are as eager to see him as ever, as the latest Pirates adventure looks like it is going to clean up this weekend at the box office. While there is a wide gap in projections, it looks like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales could be taking in as much as $285 million globally this Memorial Day weekend.
According to Deadline, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 could bring in anywhere between $230-$285 million globally for the four day weekend. That is a pretty wide margin from the low end to the high end, but if the movie can do anything in the $250 million range worldwide, that would be a huge win for Disney. The last movie in the franchise, »
Is this really only the fifth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise? It feels like the 50th – bloated, boring, repetitive, draining. (Let me count the ways.) Except for series newcomer Javier Bardem, who brings a dollop of fresh mischief to this paycheck party, Dead Men Tell No Tales has all the flavor of a rotting leftovers.
The story is the same rehash it was the last three times. Back in 2003, Johnny Depp delighted us and the Academy (he nabbed an Oscar nomination, remember) as Captain Jack Sparrow, »
Marvel's two-week summer reign came to an end this past weekend, when Alien: Covenant ($36.1 million) unseated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($34.6 million) in a close race at the box office. The R-rated sci-fi thriller's time at the top of the box office charts will be quite short-lived, though, with this Memorial Day weekend featuring two highly-anticipated movies squaring off against each other, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Paramount's Baywatch, although Baywatch will get a bit of a head start, opening on Thursday, May 25 instead of Friday, May 26. Still, this won't change the fact that Pirates 5 should have no trouble walking away with the box office crown, with a three-day tally of $81.2 million and a four-day total of $96.4 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in more than 4,000 theaters, which is no surprise »
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