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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

The R-rated adaptation of the classic TV show starred Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, and Alexandra Daddario in the lead roles. Many of those in the industry severely question how Rotten Tomatoes computes the its ratings, and the fact that these scores run on Fandango (which owns RT) is an even bigger problem. More importantly: China, one of the largest film markets in the world, has no release date set at all. The movie now has a 78 percent fresh rating from audiences. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that hackers had stole Disney's upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, threatening to release the film online if a demand for ransom was not met. While it might have looked good on paper, the critics have not been kind to Baywatch, and its $18 million opening will come as a huge disappointment to Paramount.

" "Pirates" is a huge spectacle film, the kind that audiences around the world have been drawn to, certainly global audiences have been drawn to", said Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Disney.

The fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" - the first since 2011 - should deliver between $150 million and $175 million internationally.

The aforementioned Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 brought in an additional $19.9 million, bringing its domestic gross in just four weeks to $333.2 million.

Even worse for Paramount, "Baywatch" finished in third place for the holiday weekend, behind Disney's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", which is expected to add another $24.2 million to its domestic ticket sales, bringing its total US sales to date to almost $340 million. Below, see how each of the former films fared at the box office, both in the USA and across the seas.

In fourth place is Alien: Covenant, which dropped from first place from last week and grossed only $13.75 million over the long weekend. It's the second fastest a studio has reached the mark domestically, second only to Disney's record performance previous year when the studio surpassed $1 billion in early May.

Disney can celebrate this holiday as its live-action musical Beauty and the Beast is hovering just under the $500M mark domestically after last night's audience pushed it to $499M.


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