Zac Efron

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

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

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.

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...

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