A tale of two 'blockbusters'

2017's summer silly season starts with one big hit and one big miss

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has had a healthy start to its cinema run - but the devil is in the detail when it comes to its box-office numbers.

The film, which is the fifth outing in the 'Pirates' series, has lagged in its domestic market, posting mediocre numbers in the US, but it's been a hit with international audiences.

Last weekend's other major release, Baywatch, has been a huge disappointment in its opening days. Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 - which was released on May 5th - made more than the film last weekend.

The final Pirates of the Caribbean film made $77m in the US during its first four days, according to Variety.

That's down from the $90m generated by the previous film in the franchise and is the poorest opening weekend since its first outing.

Disney exec's won't be losing too much sleep over that stat. The film is estimated to have made $270.6m worldwide in its opening days, pushing the total amount made by the theme park-inspired series to more than $4bn.

Baywatch has made only $22m in the US - which is a poor return for Paramount.

The film has been savaged by critics around the world. The pulling power of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron has not been strong enough to convince punters to take a chance on the two-hour long TV reboot.

"I think we got pretty stung by reviews," Paramount’s head of distribution, Megan Colligan, conceded, before adding that she hopes its performance will improve as it is released in new markets in the coming weeks.