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Friday box office: 'Pirates' tells a good tale; 'Baywatch,' not so much

Friday box office: 'Pirates' tells a good tale; 'Baywatch,' not so much
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," from the Walt Disney Co. (Disney Enterprises)

The fifth installment of Johnny Depp's piratical franchise took the lead in Friday's box office, with the lifeguard comedy "Baywatch" coming in a distant second as the Memorial Day weekend kicked off.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" was No. 1 on Friday, pulling in an estimated $23 million in domestic box office receipts. However, that represented a weaker showing for the long-running Walt Disney Co. action franchise — whose latest chapter cost a hefty $230 million to produce — than in the past.

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Despite being savaged by critics, the fourth iteration of the film: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," raked in nearly $35 million on its opening Friday when it debuted in May 2011.

Paramount's "Baywatch," starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as the iconic red-suited lifeguards in a comedic take on the TV series, drew an estimated $5.7 million — despite the fact that it was screening in 3,647 theaters nationwide.

In fact, close behind "Baywatch," with an estimated $5.3 million in domestic receipts, was Walt Disney Co./Marvel Studio's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," already in its fourth week of release.

"Alien: Covenant," Twentieth Century Fox's action franchise, now in its second week in release, came in fourth on Friday, with $3 million in domestic box office.

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in "Baywatch."
Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in "Baywatch." (Frank Masi / Paramount Pictures / Associated Press)

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