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Priyanka Chopra’s Baywatch needs a lifeguard; it’s sinking at the box office

Baywatch, Priyanka Chopra’s debut Hollywood movie, is in need of a lifeguard. The action-comedy, which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, is sinking both critically and commercially.

hollywood Updated: May 28, 2017 09:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Priyanka Chopra as Victoria Leeds in Baywatch.(AP)

Priyanka Chopra’s debut Hollywood movie, Baywatch, is in desperate need of a lifeguard. According to industry reports, the action-comedy, which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, had a disappointing opening two days at the box office, in addition to the largely negative reviews.

Falling short of industry expectations, Baywatch made $10.5 million (Rs 67 crore) in two days at the US box office. The three day opening was expected to be in the range of $25 million - already a substantially low figure considering Dwayne Johnson’s box office power. This is the lowest opening among the Rock’s most recent movies - The Fate of the Furious, Central Intelligence, Moana, San Andreas, Furious 7 and Hercules.

It falls way short of even the Jump Street movies - whose success it was trying to emulate. The Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum starrers opened to $35 million and $57 million in their opening weekends.

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, left, and Zac Efron as Matt Brody in Baywatch. ( AP )

Forbes’ Scott Mendelson admits he “didn’t see this coming.”

“Yes, the movie isn’t very good and yes the nation’s critics tore it to shreds, but as a general rule star-driven comedies will draw the fans regardless of reviews, because the audience just wants to see said comic actors attempt to make them laugh,” he said.

Meanwhile, Johnny Depp’s fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is on track to open with $75 million in the US and $275 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

Neither Baywatch nor Pirates has been reviewed particularly well. Priyanka’s film, which is expected to arrive in Indian theatres on June 2, currently sits at 19% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, while Pirates isn’t faring much better with 32%.

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First Published: May 28, 2017 09:55 IST