Hollywood Reporter – Why ‘Baywatch’ Drowned at the Box Office

The film, which tried to follow in the footsteps of the successful ’21 Jump Street,’ never got off its feet after intensely negative critical reaction.

‘Not even Dwayne Johnson could save Baywatch from sinking like a rock in its big-screen debut.

Crippled by critics, the R-rated adaptation of the classic TV action drama debuted to a dismal $23 million over the long Memorial Day weekend, well behind expectations. The film placed No. 3 after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and holdover Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, now in its fourth weekend, despite the celebrity status enjoyed by Johnson, who stars opposite Zac Efron.’

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