The declining popularity around Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies continues — in the U.S., at least — with the release of Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The fifth entry in the series is looking at an opening weekend domestic estimate of $62.2 million at the box office. It’s good enough for a first-place finish, but it isn’t the runaway success Disney was likely hoping for.
Dead Men is pacing toward the series’ second-lowest opening in the U.S., after the 2003 original. The Curse of the Black Pearl opened with $46.6 million domestically, but back then it was also an unproven blockbuster based — seemingly impossibly, at the time — on a theme park ride.
Pirates‘ fortunes improved in subsequent releases, with the second, third, and fourth movies opening at $135.6 million (2006), $114.7 million (2007), and $90.2 million (2011), respectively. While that downward trend in opening weekends suggests diminishing interest in the series among U.S. audiences, the opposite is true at the foreign box office.
Disney’s success has only increased with each successive Pirates. The first movie finished at $350.2 million overseas, but the next iterations went bigger: $642.9 million in 2006, $654 million in 2007, and $804.6 million in 2011.
Dead Men is already up to $208.4 million in foreign ticket sales after a near-simultaneous global opening that includes key markets like the U.K. and China.
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