New 'Pirates' pic breaks records overseas
Johnny Depp franchise rakes in a cool $256.3 million worldwide opening weekend
There was little question that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequel "On Stranger Tides" would open big. And boy did it ever. The latest installment in the Johnny Depp franchise netted a cool $256.3 million at the international box office, according to studio estimates, setting records.
The latest installment in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, 'On Stranger Tides' has brought moviegoers out in droves to enjoy the antics of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The box office take for "On Stranger Tides," surpasses the previous record foreign opening of the sixth "Harry Potter" film, 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which earned $236 million internationally.
"On Stranger Tides," the fourth "Pirates" installment, earned $90.1 million domestically. Its combined worldwide total is $346.4 million, the fourth largest global opening ever.
The new 3-D film doesn't feature Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, but brings back Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane introduce new characters.
"At World's End," the third installment in the series received poor notices and was disappointing to much of its audience. That didn't stop the first three movies in the series earning a combined $2.7 billion worldwide.
"The whole play of this particular movie was based on a worldwide release because of our feeling of how strong the international marketplace would be," Chuck Viane, head of distribution at Disney says. "Johnny is not just a domestic star. Johnny is an international star."
"On Stranger Tides" was the only new film in wide-release on the weekend. In its second week of release, the acclaimed comedy "Bridesmaids," starring Kristen Wiig, was second at the box office with $21 million.
Last week's top film at the box office, the comic book adaptation "Thor," from Paramount, slid to third place in its third week of release.
Overall, this was what the top ten at the nation's box offices looked like:
1. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $90.1 million.
2. "Bridesmaids," $21 million.
3. "Thor," $15.5 million.
4. "Fast Five," $10.6 million.
5. "Rio," $4.7 million.
6. "Priest," $4.6 million.
7. "Jumping the Broom," $3.7 million.
8. "Something Borrowed," $3.4 million.
9. "Water for Elephants," $2.2 million.
10. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," $990,000.
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