Last week I warned our readers that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was going to be huge at the box office. And now -- in the words of Ari Gold -- "BOOM!" With an opening day of $55.5 million, Pirates' had its cannons aimed directly at the box office record set by Spider-Man. How big? Eight legs big.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Weekend Box Office
According to Variety, Disney's blockbuster sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was able to rake in somewhere near $132 million at the box office; a full $17 million above the opening weekend box office record set by Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man.
The film also broke the two-day opening record with $100.2 million by Saturday; somewhere Mickey Mouse is singing "Yo Ho, Yo Ho." Dead Man's Chest is the first film to break the $100 million mark in only two days.
Though the Saturday box office numbers were down almost $10 million from the opening day, Disney had little to fear considering Friday's numbers took into account midnight showings, which also raked in $9 million.
Though the Disney sequel entered theatres amongst a slew of mixed reviews that either praised or bashed the film, the fun factor and appeal to all ages of moviegoers was enough to create lines and, hopefully for Disney, will allow only small box office declines in the coming weeks.
Superman Returns fell a sizable 58% on its second frame to $21.9 million. After 10 days, Sup's box office total is a healthy, though not spectacular, $141.7 million. Warner Bros. is undoubtedly hoping that post-Pirates declines will be more modest.