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'Pirates of the Caribbean' to crush 'Baywatch' lifeguards in beachside summer box office battle

'Pirates of the Caribbean' to crush 'Baywatch' lifeguards in beachside summer box office battle

Hollywood is about to find out what, if anything, can sink Walt Disney Co.’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. The fifth movie in the Johnny Depp-starring series faces withering reviews and threats from hackers, not to mention competition from Dwayne Johnson and a team of slow-motion beach babes.

Yet none of that is likely to stop “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” from sailing to the top of the U.S. box office charts during Memorial Day weekend, easily topping Paramount Pictures’ raunchy “Baywatch” adaptation. The $230-million “Pirates” sequel is expected to haul at least $80 million Friday through Monday in the United States and Canada, according to people...

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