Magazine article Screen International

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' in $208.4M International Launch

Magazine article Screen International

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' in $208.4M International Launch

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The Fate Of The Furious crosses $1bn worldwide, while Alien: Covenant passes $100m international mark.


Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opened in 91% of the international market day-and-date with North America over the weekend.

Disney's latest tentpole, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, generated $208.4m internationally in its first weekend of release, while North America brought in $62.2m for a $270.6m global debut. Although, with the Memorial Day holiday, Disney executives report that number may surpass $300m by Monday.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opened at number one in all markets, except in India where it was the number one western film.

China delivered $67.8m, the third-highest three-day opening weekend for any Disney title behind Civil War and Ultron. The film has already exceeded the entire total run of Pirates 3 and Pirates 4 in that territory and will benefit from the Dragon Boat Festival holidays on Monday and Tuesday.

Russia generated $18.1m for the biggest opening weekend in industry history and 84% market share. This is 37% ahead of Pirates 4 opening weekend and already exceeds the entire run of Pirates 3.

South Korea produced $11.6m for a solid 49% market share, placing it just 12% behind the opening weekend of Pirates 4, while France debuted on $9.3m for 52% market share, ahead of Maleficent and The Jungle Book.

The other top grossing markets for the film starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem are Germany on $8.4m, Mexico on $6.9m, the UK on $6.3m, Brazil on $5.6m, Italy on $5.5m, and Australia on $4.4m.

Spain produced $4.4m, Indonesia $4m, Taiwan $3.6m, India $3m, and Argentina $3m. Japan will be the last major market to open on July 1.

The 1,088-screen launch of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was the widest in IMAX history and generated $14m at the international box office, the second biggest international IMAX opening in May after Captain America: Civil War.

In China, Pirates will earn an estimated $9m of IMAX box office on 401 screens including results from Monday's start of the Dragon Boat Festival.

Marvel Studios' Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 added $8.6m from 56 territories for $450.1m.

James Gunn's sequel displayed good holds in many markets in its fifth weekend. Franceand Germany dropped 33% and 45%, respectively.

In its third weekend of release, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped by 33% in Japan to take its running total there to $7.7m after 17 days.

The top grossing markets are China on $98.3m, the UK on $48.8m, Russia on $27.3m, Germany on $27.1m, Australia on $23.1m, France on $22.8m, South Korea on $20.6m, and Brazil on $20.5m.

Mexico has generated $18.8m, Spain $9.6m, and Italy $7.8m.

Beauty And The Beast added $3.8m from 20 active territories for $732m. In Japan, Beauty And The Beast earned $3.4m for $86.8m in its sixth weekend, decreasing by 14% from last weekend.

The UK is the top grossing market on $89.9m, followed by Japan, then China on $85.8m, Brazil on $41.5m, and South Korea on $37.6m.


Ridley Scott's latest instalment in the Alien franchise Alien: Covenant earned $10.8m from 77 markets, taking the international total to $101m.

Good holds continue in Russia on $1.1m for $6.7m, the UK on $939,000 for $14.4m, Germany on $915,000 for $3.8m and France on $914,000 for $8m. China opens on June 16, while Japan opens in mid-September. …

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