Walt Disney Co.'s "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," sailed in at the No. 1 spot on comScore Inc.'s rankings of top 10 video-on-demand titles for the week ended Oct. 8, while Warner Bros.' superhero movie "Wonder Woman" retained its No. 2 spot.
The fifth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has Johnny Depp, Kevin McNally and Geoffrey Rush reprising their roles as Captain Jack Sparrow, Joshamee Gibbs and Hector Barbossa, respectively. The swashbuckler fantasy follows Sparrow as he goes on a quest to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon to evade death at the hands of ghost sailors being led by Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem.
"Dead Men Tell No Tales" made roughly $172.6 million at the domestic box office and raked in about $622.2 million overseas for a worldwide total of $794.7 million, compared to a production budget of $230 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. As per comScore estimates, the film's domestic revenue was $171.8 million.
The movie, which was released outside the U.S. as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge," failed to impress critics, receiving a 29% "rotten" rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which wrote that it "proves that neither a change in directors nor an undead Javier Bardem is enough to drain this sinking franchise's murky bilge." The film had a score of 39 out of 100 on Metacritic. General audiences responded much better to the movie, which received a 63% audience score on RottenTomatoes.com and a user score of 6.3 on Metacritic, with IMDb's rating at a 6.8 as of Oct. 17.
Meanwhile, Universal's drama "The Book of Henry" was on the No. 8 spot for the measured period. It stars Naomi Watts as a single mother who sets out to rescue a young girl living next door from her abusive stepfather by following a plan hatched by her 11-year-old son Henry, played by Jaeden Lieberher.
"The Book of Henry" earned about $4.3 million at the U.S. box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, while comScore estimated the movie's domestic gross to be $4.2 million.
The movie did not do well with the critics, getting a 21% "rotten" rating on RottenTomatoes.com, with the critical consensus that it "deserves a few points for ambition, but its tonal juggling act — and a deeply maudlin twist — may leave viewers gaping in disbelief rather than choking back tears." While on Metacritic it received a 31 out of 100. The general audiences' reaction to the movie was mixed: it had an audience score of 64% on RottenTomatoes.com and a user score of 4.6 on Metacritic, while IMDb's rating was a 6.5.