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Disney's Bob Iger says the film hack threat was a hoax

Disney's Bob Iger says the film hack threat was a hoax

Following the mixed reviews of Dead Men (which look similar to the Stranger Tides), the new Pirates movie might touch $80 million following the Monday holiday, Forbes predicted.

Of course, $2 million is chump change given the "Pirates" movies' ballooning budgets.

The first place finish also can not cover up a serious case of franchise fatigue.

Police, air ambulance called as English zoo is evacuated
The zoo - which has hundreds of animals, including tigers, monkeys and cheetahs - will remain closed for the rest of the day. A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that no animals have escaped and members of the public are safe".

It's also the lowest opening for a "Pirates" movie since the first one, 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" ($46.6 million). Russian Federation also posted a strong start with the highest opening weekend in industry history of $18.6 million. In the case of "Pirates", the enervating feel of more of the same swashbuckling is combined with knowing you gave Johnny Depp all that money so he could squander it on crap and a bad short marriage.

"Baywatch" is an R-rated revival of a TV series from Viacom Inc.'s Paramount division.

The same, however, can not be said for the heavily hyped "Baywatch" reboot, which sputtered to a measly $22 million in its opening weekend - a shockingly low figure for a film starring box office champ Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson that reportedly cost $70 million to make.

Supreme Court strikes down NC districts
Justice Anthony Kennedy , usually the swing vote in the court, was in dissent, along with Justice Samuel A. "North Carolina too far downplays the significance of a longtime pattern of white crossover voting".

That is far below early estimates. Guardians 2 saw a rough patch this weekend, and Alien: Covenant got nuked from space over its comparable Fridays.

Memorial Day weekend would seem like the best time for a big summer blockbuster to hit the theaters, but in recent years audiences have been focusing more on their tans and grillmaster skills over the holiday than going to a movie theater. Analysts at BoxOfficePro.com were predicting $83 million over four days. Meanwhile, the animated film The Boss Baby added $1.7 million, bringing its impressive domestic total to $169 million. It was only thanks to strong worldwide ticket sales that the film finished the weekend in the black.

Disney in general is keeping the box office afloat — the studio became the first to have earned over $1 billion in 2017, reaching the milestone in near record time. The only time a studio has earned so much so quickly was Disney past year.

Young drivers finish strong in star-studded Indy 500 field
Formula One champion, Fernando Alonso , finished 24th on his Indy 500 debut, after his Honda engine failed with 20 laps remaining. For the second time since 2014, Castroneves was denied a fourth Indy win and had to settle for a runner-up finish.


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