Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is on track for a $77 million bow at the domestic box office by the time Memorial Day weekend comes to a close. Over the course of its three-day debut in North America, the film has raked in an estimated $62 million from 4,276 locations.
Despite being a modest opening, according to TheWrap, the fifth outing marks a 31% drop in box office numbers when compared to the previous franchise outing, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which had a $90 million three-day opening. The original film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, earned $46 million when it opened back in 2003.
Regardless of stateside numbers, the overseas box office should benefit the fifth Pirates outing, as it’s expected to make up its $230 million budget easily, since it’s already approaching the $300 million-mark worldwide. In China, for example, the film is looking at obtaining a $67 million opening weekend — which would make it Disney’s third-greatest success in the region, after Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film is expected to push the franchise past the $4 billion-mark at the global box office.
The final version of the film comes from Tower Heist and Catch Me If You Can writer Jeff Nathanson. In his iteration, Skyfall‘s Javier Bardem stars as Captain Armando Salazar, the film’s villain.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is in theaters now. The film is a production of Walt Disney Pictures directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem as Captain Armando Salazar, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner, Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth, Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.