Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean' captures $35 mil on Friday

'Pirates of the Caribbean' captures $35 mil on Friday

Jack Sparrow may be losing a bit of steam, but he’s still got it. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth movie in Disney’s hugely successful franchise, opened to $35 million on Friday according to early estimates. If the estimate holds, it will just barely beat Fast Five‘s $34.4 million gross to score the year’s biggest opening day.

Compared to prior Pirates films, there’s a definite downward trend, at least domestically. The second film, Dead Man’s Chest, plundered $55.8 million its first day, while the third movie, At World’s End, took in $42.9 million. Still, On Stranger Tides‘ smaller debut is no cause for mutiny, as the 3-D adventure film is headed for an opening weekend of around $88 million, which would be the year’s best so far. And Johnny Depp and company are doing gangbusters overseas, where the movie has already earned $92.1 million in three days. more

In limited release, Woody Allen’s romantic comedy Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, collected an astounding $171,000 from just six locations. Its per-theater tally of $28,500 is the
year’s largest opening-day average by far. Check back here on Sunday for the complete box office report.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — $35.0 mil

2. Bridesmaids — $6.4 mil
3. Thor — $4.4 mil
4. Fast Five — $3.2 mil
5. Priest — $1.5 mil



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