Box Office: Pirates plunders $6m on opening

Pirates plunders $5.88m on opening, King & Guardians both $1m+

The #1 movie of the weekend accounted for just under 50% of ticket sales for the top 20 movies across the weekend.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales did all of the heavy lifting with little support from the rest of the top five with each of the other movies down close to 50% on their previous weekend.

The weekend top 20 total of $12.51m was close to the lowest gross since March 22 with $10.55m. May 10 however was just below last weekend with $12.44m.

Despite the dominance of Pirates, the weekend gross was down 2% on the previous weekend.

#1 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $5.88m

The fifth movie in the series that started with Curse Of The Black Pearl in 2003 was the only movie to open wide on the weekend. Rejoining Johnny Depp on the franchise’s first movie since 2011 are Geoffrey Rush and David Wenham. Walt Disney opened the movie on 632 screens with a screen average of $9,312. The gross of $5.88m was the best opening since Guardians 2 on May 3 with $8.61m.

#2 King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword $1.07m

Despite a disappointing reception on its opening, the fantasy action drama has managed to sit at #2, dropping from #1 last week, adding another $1m to its earnings and passing $4m in total. Screens showing the film dropped by 134 to 272.

#3 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 $1.01m

The film is remaining high in the chart even though it has been in release for five weeks. Total gross is $31m with a screen average just over $4,100 from its 245 screens (down 54 over the weekend).

#4 John Wick: Chapter Two $860,000

Second weekend takings were down 53% on its opening as the film remains on over 200 screens – down just three screens over the weekend.

#5 Snatched $823,000

With takings plunging harder at Alien Covenant (-61%), which saw the sci-fi horror film drop from #2 to #5, Snatched controversially has managed to nab another top five finish on its third weekend as total takings pass $7m. However, with the smallest screen average near the top this could be the last time we write about it.

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