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'Pirates of the Caribbean' sequel sails to top of box office

Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

[LOS ANGELES] Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel sailed to the top of the North American box office during the four-day Memorial Day weekend, raking in nearly US$78.5 million(S$108.7 million), industry figures showed Tuesday.

"Dead Men Tell No Tales," the fifth installment in the wildly popular franchise starring Johnny Depp, sunk another major new studio movie - "Baywatch" - which came in third place and only managed to bring in a disappointing US$23.1 million in ticket sales, Exhibitor Relations said.

Another Disney offering, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," placed second with US$27.2 million in its fourth week out.

The lighthearted story of a band of misfit space adventurers - played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel - has taken in US$340.5 million domestically since it opened on May 5.

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"Dead Men Tell No Tales" also scored big internationally, collecting US$247.8 in ticket sales, with China the top foreign market (US$92.3 million), Disney said in a statement.

"The US$326 million earned by 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' means that The Walt Disney Studios has now crossed US$3 billion globally in 2017 to date, with international grosses at US$1.903 billion and domestic grosses at US$1.102 billion," it said.

Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant," last week's box-office leader, dropped off sharply to fourth place during the Memorial Day weekend.

The Fox film, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Billy Crudup in the tale of a spaceship landing on a planet that seems idyllic - until aliens attack - netted US$13.4 million.

In fifth was "Everything, Everything," a romantic drama from Warner Bros., at US$7.7 million. The film tells the story of a young woman (Amandla Stenberg) who is told she must spend her life indoors in a sterile environment due to a genetic disorder, but later learns she may have been deceived.

Rounding out the top 10 were: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" ($6.1 million) "Snatched" (US$5.1 million) "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (US$4.3 million) "The Boss Baby" (US$2.5 million) "Beauty and the Beast"(US$2 million).