Disney CEO Has Something To Say About That Rumored Movie Hack

Disney CEO Bob Iger said the threat the company received earlier this month was a fake

Disney CEO Bob Iger said the threat the company received earlier this month was a fake

Both movies were savaged by critics, with the New York Times' A.O. Scott saying of "Pirates": "This movie would be a rip-off even if someone paid you to see it".

Disney hopes the box-office plunder keeps rolling in: The elaborately produced Pirates cost the studio US$230 million to make.

Box Office Mojo notes that the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 debuted in China with a box office collection of $67.8 million and an industry record opening in Russian Federation of an estimated $18.6 million. Dead Men Tell No Tales received a CinemaScore of A- from audiences. It also signals a case of franchise fatigue: The 2006 sequel Dead Man's Chest debuted with $135.6 million, 2007's At World's End premiered with $114.7 million, and, most recently, 2011's On Stranger Tides pulled in $90 million its first weekend.

The Johnny Depp-starrer is projected to take in $76.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend. With a lousy 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, the '90s show reboot flopped with a four-day gross of only $23 million.

Even worse for Paramount, "Baywatch" finished in third place for the holiday weekend, behind Disney's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", which is expected to add another $24.2 million to its domestic ticket sales, bringing its total USA sales to date to almost $340 million.

Hollywood studios and theater owners are depending on Wonder Woman to boost box office sales at the end of this week. Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 - which was released on May 5th - made more than the film last weekend.

Another notable film was Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, which made $13.2 million over the long weekend in the U.S., dropping substantially from its opening-weekend take of $36.2 million. Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is the latest installment of the blockbuster "Pirates" franchise, and the first in six years. "We talked a lot about the first film and that first-time high". The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea - notably Jack. Meanwhile, the animated film The Boss Baby added $1.7 million, bringing its impressive domestic total to $169 million.

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