‘Baywatch’ Flops At Box Office Over Memorial Day Weekend
Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson may be the ultimate movie duo, but their latest film Baywatch has failed to impress.
Hitting cinemas in time for Memorial Day weekend, the action movie held high expectations.
But its debut on the big screen has turned out to be a massive flop.
The film adaptation of the classic ’90s TV show of the same name made an underwhelming $23 million over the long holiday weekend.
This comes as a huge shock to producers, as they estimated the movie to gross way over $200 million.
The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales claimed the top spot for Memorial Day weekend.
While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. – which has been out for over four weeks – comes in at second position above the newly released Baywatch.
The Paramount movie took on a different angle to the original TV series, turning it into a comedy rather than keeping it as an action drama.
But it seems despite the overload of bikinis, rude jokes and six packs, the 2017 R-rated remake hasn’t lived up to its high hopes.
Dwayne Johnson – aka The Rock – has hit back at critics’ negative reviews, claiming fans actually love his latest flick.
Yay positive upticks. Fans LOVE the movie. Critics HATE it. What a glaring disconnect. People just want to laugh & have fun.
The Rock takes on the role of lifeguard Mitch Buchannon.
He takes lifeguard trainee, former Olympian Matt Brody – played by heartthrob Zac Efron – under his wing to teach him the ropes.
Yet things take an unexpected turn when the duo have to tackle a drugs and crime crisis which is affecting their beach.
A spokesperson for Paramount has spoken out about the bad reviews since the movie’s release, saying,
The reviews really hurt the film, which scored great in test screenings. We [are] all surprised.
It is a brand that maybe relied on a positive critical reaction more than we recognized. The cast could not have done more work in aggressively promoting Baywatch. Dwayne gave this 150 percent.
On review site Rotten Tomatoes, the film only holds a score of 19%, which is very low in comparison to competitors scores such as 21 Jump Street at 85%.
Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach and Ilfenesh Haders also star in Baywatch.