Moviegoers Not Thrilled Over Remakes: Slow Holiday Box Office Sales

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A “rather slow” Memorial Day weekend box office total greeted Hollywood executives Monday, as four retreads and remakes didn’t exactly thrill the summer weekend moviegoing crowd, an analyst said.

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Disney’s fifth “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movie landed atop the ratings pile, as the premier of “Dead Men Tell No Tales” turned $77 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada over the four-day holiday period ending at midnight Monday evening.

Analyst Paul Dergarabedian at comScore called the results rather slow.

Another Disney sequel, “Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2,” was second this week, with a $25.2 million in four-day sales. Over four weeks, it was on track for $338 million in domestic grosses.

A tongue-in-cheek “Baywatch” movie opened in third place for Paramount, with $23 million in tickets sold.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies over the four-day holiday weekend ending Monday evening, as estimated by the studios and gathered by comScore, were “Alien: Covenant” ($13.2 million), “Everything, Everything” ($7.4 million), “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” ($5.8 million), “Snatched” ($4.9 million), “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword” ($4.1 million), “The Boss Baby” ($2.3 million) and “Beauty And The Beast” ($1.9 million).

—City News Service

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