Archive for Monday, July 10, 2006

Depp marks the spot as ‘Pirates’ sequel lands record $132 million debut

July 10, 2006


— Johnny Depp's boozy, woozy buccaneer Jack Sparrow has plundered the box office, with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" taking in a record $132 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Disney's swashbuckling sequel sailed past the previous all-time best debut, 2002's "Spider-Man," which took in $114.8 million in its first weekend.

"Dead Man's Chest" also did nearly three times the business of its predecessor, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which took in $46.6 million over opening weekend in 2003.

The sequel surpassed that total in its first day alone, taking in $55.5 million Friday to beat the previous single-day record of $50 million, set last year by "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith." With $44.7 million on Saturday, "Dead Man's Chest" also became the first movie to top $100 million in just two days.

Despite sky-high projections for the "Pirates" sequel from industry analysts, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said he had expected "Dead Man's Chest" to open closer to the $77 million debut weekend of last spring's "The Da Vinci Code."

The movie sent Hollywood's overall business soaring. The top 12 films grossed $206.5 million, up 48 percent from the same weekend last year, when "Fantastic Four" opened with $56.1 million.

"Dead Man's Chest" raked in nearly double the total of the rest of the top 12 combined. The previous weekend's top film, "Superman Returns," fell to No. 2 with $21.85 million, down 58 percent from opening weekend.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," $132 million.

2. "Superman Returns," $21.85 million.

3. "The Devil Wears Prada," $15.6 million.

4. "Click," $12 million.

5. "Cars," $10.3 million.

6. "Nacho Libre," $3.3 million.

7. "The Lake House," $2.8 million.

8. "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," $2.5 million.

9. "Waist Deep," $1.9 million.

10. "The Break-Up," $1.6 million.


lamb 11 years, 10 months ago

I enjoyed the first Pirates movie more than the second. Although the second was entertaining with the special effects, Depp was not. I had the feeling he was there to fulfill his 3 movie committment, but he certainly was not as humorous as in the first movie. The movie house was sold out for the time we originally wanted to go to, so we ended up waiting an extra hour to get in to see it. In retrospect, renting the movie would have been cheaper and just as enjoyable......

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