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"Pirates" Plunders Box Office Records With $135.6 Million

Pirates of the Caribbean

Avast ye maties! ... Ahem... As predicted, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" had a killer opening weekend.

It broke just about every box office record. In fact, it even did better than initially thought. Early estimates from Disney said that the film took in $132 million in its first three days of release across North America. The latest report from Variety brings the tally up to $135.6 million for the weekend.

For those counting, that's more than $21 million over the previous three-day record of $115 million was set by "Spider-Man."

The first-day take of $55.5 million for "Pirates" also set a new record for a single day, beating the $50 million earned by "Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith."

Apparently, the only record "Pirates" was the all-time Saturday record of $44.8 million set by "Shrek 2" - it came up just $400,000 short.

The only question now is whether the film will continue to sail the high seas or sink quickly. With mixed reviews from critics, it will be interesting to see what word of mouth does to the box office numbers in the weeks to come. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on July 10, 2006 9:34 PM
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