July 10, 2006

Dead Man’s Chest smashes box-office records

Posted in Movies, News at 11:15 pm by Calico Jack

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All of us thought that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest would have a big showing at the box office, but almost no one suspected that it would be this big. Most analysts, in the weeks leading up to the film’s release, were predicting a $70-$80 million opening weekend–that is, until websites like Fandango reported that they were selling tickets for the movie at a faster rate than ever seen before. All of a sudden, Dead Man’s Chest looked to hit the $100 million mark for the weekend, but everyone was cautious as to whether or not it could stand up to Spider-Man‘s record $114.8 million opening weekend. On Friday, Fandango was selling Dead Man’s Chest tickets at an average rate of ten per second, and it finally hit people that this was going to be a huge opening.

Well, the final numbers are in: Dead Man’s Chest has officially destroyed every record it could. With a $135.6 million opening weekend, it is the largest opener in history. Dead Man’s Chest also holds the records for biggest opening day ($55.5 million), the fastest movie to $100 million (two days), and the most money per theater for a wide release ($32,817 per site). In three days, it has made 46% of the entire box office run of Curse of the Black Pearl. 

However impressive this opening weekend is, the real test for Dead Man’s Chest will happen next weekend. With no major releases in the forseeable future, Dead Man’s Chest has the box office all to itself; but the second-week grosses will give an indication as to the film’s stamina. Many movies open well, but sharply drop their second weekend–as Superman Returns did by free-falling 58 percent when going up against Pirates. In contrast, however, Cars was not expected to make it past $200 million; but it has only been dropping 30 percent or so each consecutive weekend. Now it stands at over $205 million, and it will likely go noticeably higher.

However you want to look at it, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is the biggest film of the year. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on the most fun you’ll have at the movies all summer.

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1 Comment »

  1. That is an insane amount of money. I’m surprised it beat all those other records. Your good reviews about the movie have really made me curious about it. I’m sure I’ll see why it’s such a big hit once I see it. I can’t wait to see it-I’m sure Orlando Bloom is just as hot as ever. 🙂


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