Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the release of the summer blockbuster film and this weekend is no exception. “Baywatch” and “Pirates of The Caribbean 5” face off for the top spot at the box office this weekend but they’re both getting terrible reviews.
Paramount’s “Baywatch”, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, currently has a 19% on Rotten Tomatoes while Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale” currently holds a 30%. To qualify as a good film, movies have to rate at a 60% or higher.
This might seem like an unfortunate coincidence that two big films released on the same weekend could both be bad. Audiences might give “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” another shot for number one, but “Baywatch” already has a leg up over the competition with its $1.25 million earned from its Wednesday night opening.
However, it seems like movies released on Memorial Day weekend have always been bad. According to Boxofficemojo.com, the top 10 Memorial Day weekend film releases with the highest opening grosses have been bad movies with the exception of three. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” holds a 91 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Fast & Furious 6” has a 69% rating, and the unspeakable “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” has a 77% for some reason.
The films with the bad reviews include “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “The Hangover Part II”, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Bruce Almighty”, and “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Coincidentally, 2007’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” holds the top spot for highest opening gross on Memorial Day weekend with over $139 million and it has a 45% rating. It finished with $309,404,152 at the end of its run.
So, why are Memorial Day weekend releases bad? Whether the film gets rushed, a screenplay gets butchered, or direction gets misguided, it’s safe to say that we don’t stop going to see these movies. We can only hope that the rest of the 2017 summer lineup is better.
Until then, what movies are you watching this weekend? Let me know in the comments.