‘Pi­rates’ trea­sure chest grows

New Straits Times - - World -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Jack Spar­row is back. The wry and wicked free­booter helped the lat­est Pi­rates of the Caribbean film sail to a first place open­ing week­end on North Amer­i­can screens, with a solid US$62.2 mil­lion (RM2732 mil­lion) take, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try es­ti­mates.

Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales surged past an­other Dis­ney of­fer­ing, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, to ac­count for nearly half of the tick­ets sold by the top-12 per­form­ers in the first three days of the four-day Me­mo­rial Day week­end.

A dread­locked Johnny Depp again plays Spar­row as he fights a crew of creepy ghost sailors led by the vil­lain­ous Javier Bar­dem. Or­lando Bloom and Keira Knight­ley re­turn to the cast af­ter skip­ping the last edi­tion of Pi­rates.

Dis­ney hopes the box-of­fice plun­der keeps rolling in. The elab­o­rately pro­duced Pi­rates cost the stu­dio US$230 mil­lion to make. The film has brought in an es­ti­mated US$208.4 mil­lion in­ter­na­tion­ally and the se­ries, hugely pop­u­lar over­seas, is now close to sur­pass­ing the US$4 bil­lion mark.

Guardians is show­ing last­ing power in its fourth week out. The light­hearted story of a band of mis­fit space ad­ven­tur­ers took in US$19.9 mil­lion.

Paramount’s beach-cen­tered ac­tion com­edy Bay­watch placed third at US$18.1 mil­lion.

That was be­low ex­pec­ta­tions, Va­ri­ety.com said, adding that the film — with Dwayne John­son, Zac Efron and Alexan­dra Dad­dario — “was hop­ing to make an oceanic sum­mer splash, but looks to have ended up in the kiddy pool”. AFP

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Cap­tian Jack Spar­row and a younger ver­sion of him­self (above) in scenes from ‘Pi­rates of the Car­ribean:

Dead Men Tell No Tales’.

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