Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth instalment of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, opened across mainland China on Friday.
At the time of writing, its opening day box office revenue stood at US$11.4 million, surpassing the US$9.8 million total earned by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on its opening day in 2011.
Starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush, the film held its world premiere in Shanghai Disneyland on May 11.
Besides higher box office figures, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has also received slightly better ratings from film lovers.
Until now, over 4,500 reviewers had given the flick an average rating of 7.6/10 on the popular Chinese film review site Douban, compared to the previous instalment’s 7.5.
Here are some of the reactions so far:
“As a huge fan, I am so excited to see Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Despite a plain storyline, it is still much better than the previous one.”
“I have waited for the film for six years. It is a perfect film for me with all the humour, romance and adventure.”
“I cannot tell why the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise attracts me. I just go to the theater to see every instalment.”
“I couldn’t help going to the theater to watch the premiere at midnight. I enjoyed the flick as it is very funny and touching.”
There were also some critical comments for the film and even the whole franchise.
“The flick is very boring with the less attractive special effects and a mess of the storyline. No need to make another Pirates of the Caribbean instalment.”
“The film is so chaotic and dilatory. It must be very difficult for Walt Disney Pictures to continue this franchise.”
“It is another film with a happy ending of family union. I am a little bit sick of the family thing in recent Hollywood movies.”