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'Pirates' takes down the beach bodies of 'Baywatch' at the holiday box office

'Pirates' takes down the beach bodies of 'Baywatch' at the holiday box office

In this battle on the high seas and the beach, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” overwhelmed “Baywatch” for Memorial Day weekend box office victory.

The fifth installment in the “Pirates” franchise starring Johnny Depp, this time directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, took in an estimated $77 million at the domestic box office over the four-day weekend, with an estimated global opening of more than $300 million. The franchise total will soon pass $4 billion.

“ ‘Pirates’ is a huge spectacle film, the kind that audiences around the world have been drawn to, certainly international audiences have been drawn to,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice...

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