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05.22.2011

Pirates 4 smashes worldwide record!

Despite breaking the record for the biggest foreign opening of all-time, the 4th installment in the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise actually opened with a somewhat "disappointing" figure in North America (despite the biggest domestic opening of the year), as it made only $90M in its first weekend in theaters.

I know it sounds weird to say that a film that grosses $90M in three days is "disappointing", but when you consider that many pundits were predicting an easy $100M opening for the film and that it apparently cost $250M to produce (closer to $420M when combining production and global marketing expenses, apparently) and that its previous two installments opened with $135M and $115M respectively...you can see how a $90M domestic opening can be considered a little bit of a letdown, especially with films like HANGOVER 2 and KUNG FU PANDA 2 attacking theaters next weekend.

That said, as mentioned above, the film did manage to become the highest grossing foreign opening of all-time, as it apparently made $256M around the world in its first three days of release alone, which beat the previous record set by HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, which hade made $236M around the world in 2009. When you combine the $256M to its domestic take of $90M, the film combined for a grand total of $346M, which was the 3rd biggest worldwide opening of all-time, behind the aforementioned POTTER flick and SPIDER-MAN 3.

The big story of the weekend was BRIDESMAIDS though, as last week's #2 film remained in the #2 spot this weekend, losing only 19% of its audience from last weekend, which is an astonishing low drop. To that end, the film has already made $60M in the first 10 days of release, which is pretty sweet considering that it only cost $35M to produce. You have to love the efficiency of all Apatow-produced comedies, eh? It's to note that two other R-rated comedies had similar trajectories when initially released, as the original HANGOVER had dropped 27% in its second weekend, while THE WEDDING CRASHERS has dropped 24%. Both films went on to gross well over $200M respectively.

THOR finally dropped out of the #1 spot after two weeks as the head honcho, and is now closing in on the $150M mark after three weeks of release. FAST FIVE also continued to suck in the dollars, while inching closer and closer to the $190M mark domestically. The two films are #1 and #2 on the 2011 top-grossing movies list (followed by three animated films in RIO, RANGO and HOP). The one film to get knocked out of the top 10 this weekend was SOUL SURFER, a surprising hit which ended up making $40M, despite a small $18M budget.

Next week sees two massive new film releases joining PIRATES 4 for your hard-earned dollars, the first of which is the sequel to the $215M-grossing KUNG FU PANDA, while the other film is the sequel to the $277M-grossing THE HANGOVER. It'll be interesting to see if either sequel, KUNG FU PANDA 2 or THE HANGOVER PART II, can overtake PIRATES 4 in the #1 spot. In fact, which film do you think will be the #1 movie next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $90.1 M
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2. Bridesmaids $21.1 M $59.5 M
3. Thor $15.5 M $145.4 M
4. Fast Five $10.6 M $186.2 M
5. Rio $4.7 M $131.6 M
6. Priest $4.6 M $23.7 M
7. Jumping the Broom $3.7 M $31.3 M
8. Something Borrowed $3.4 M $31.4 M
9. Water for Elephants $2.2 M $52.4 M
10. Madea's Big Happy Family $1 M $51.8 M

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2:19AM on 05/24/2011

No shit

Not surprised. Pirates was $250 mil because of 3D... oh and Depp made like half that :D
Also, it didn't make as much as people predicted because no one wants to see 3D movies let alone pay so much to see 3D movies so they go see 2D.
Same went for Thor and Priest. No one went to see 3D.
STFU already Jim Cameron, your wrong, 3D doesn't make all movies better and the average movie goer doesn't want to watch 3D movies.
Not surprised. Pirates was $250 mil because of 3D... oh and Depp made like half that :D
Also, it didn't make as much as people predicted because no one wants to see 3D movies let alone pay so much to see 3D movies so they go see 2D.
Same went for Thor and Priest. No one went to see 3D.
STFU already Jim Cameron, your wrong, 3D doesn't make all movies better and the average movie goer doesn't want to watch 3D movies.
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5:42AM on 05/23/2011
I'm glad Pirates made as much money as it did. It isn't the best of the series but it definitely isn't the "abomination" or "I'd rather eat maggots" film that critics are whining about. It's a fun flick with lots of entertaining moments and a good story. It's nowhere near perfect, but it definitely deserves all the cash it's raking in. Though, I'm not sure what the $250M was used for considering it's a very 'dry' movie in terms of visuals, but hey, the actors alone could have swelled up the
I'm glad Pirates made as much money as it did. It isn't the best of the series but it definitely isn't the "abomination" or "I'd rather eat maggots" film that critics are whining about. It's a fun flick with lots of entertaining moments and a good story. It's nowhere near perfect, but it definitely deserves all the cash it's raking in. Though, I'm not sure what the $250M was used for considering it's a very 'dry' movie in terms of visuals, but hey, the actors alone could have swelled up the budget.
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2:01AM on 05/23/2011

You Guessed it...Frank Stallone

Three of the Top 10 grossing movies worldwide are Alice in Wonderland and Pirates 2 & 3. Only Pirates 2 is in the top 15 domestically.

Germans love Johnny Depp.
Three of the Top 10 grossing movies worldwide are Alice in Wonderland and Pirates 2 & 3. Only Pirates 2 is in the top 15 domestically.

Germans love Johnny Depp.
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12:49AM on 05/23/2011
Pirates was all right, and I anticipated it would do well, but I am really glad that Bridesmaids is doing well. It could very well be the best comedy of the year, so I am glad to see people are defying it's advertising (you know, the ones that make it look like a chick flick) and going to see it.
Pirates was all right, and I anticipated it would do well, but I am really glad that Bridesmaids is doing well. It could very well be the best comedy of the year, so I am glad to see people are defying it's advertising (you know, the ones that make it look like a chick flick) and going to see it.
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11:19PM on 05/22/2011

THE MAIN REASON PIRATES4 WAS GREAT

was because that asshole Orlando Bloom character wasn't in it
was because that asshole Orlando Bloom character wasn't in it
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10:00PM on 05/22/2011
wtf, Pirates 4 did not feel like an 250 mil movie to me.
wtf, Pirates 4 did not feel like an 250 mil movie to me.
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9:55PM on 05/22/2011
Weak movie and a weak opening considering the budget and 3D bonus it probably received.
Weak movie and a weak opening considering the budget and 3D bonus it probably received.
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8:34PM on 05/22/2011
I wonder if these numbers are good enough for Disney to make the other Pirates sequels they had planned. I thought this was the weakest Pirates film, but still enjoyed it. There is a lot of room for improvement if they do make another film.
I wonder if these numbers are good enough for Disney to make the other Pirates sequels they had planned. I thought this was the weakest Pirates film, but still enjoyed it. There is a lot of room for improvement if they do make another film.
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8:20PM on 05/22/2011
Kinda sad & pathetic when now a $90 million 1st weekend is considered disappointing, but this time it actually makes sense, thats with the extra charge for 3D, maybe this is a sign the 3D craze is starting to wear out its welcome, take note Hollywood.
Kinda sad & pathetic when now a $90 million 1st weekend is considered disappointing, but this time it actually makes sense, thats with the extra charge for 3D, maybe this is a sign the 3D craze is starting to wear out its welcome, take note Hollywood.
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7:43PM on 05/22/2011
Bridesmaids' 19% is a very low drop. Should easily pass 100 million. Wonder if it will pass Knocked Up as the biggest Apatow comedy?
Bridesmaids' 19% is a very low drop. Should easily pass 100 million. Wonder if it will pass Knocked Up as the biggest Apatow comedy?
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6:42PM on 05/22/2011

Don't get me wrong...but

Is the $145 that Thor is currently sitting on going to worry the exec at Marvel? Let's face it, CBM's are targetted at the Nt American market (I myself, being from Australia). And with the medium return of Thor in the US, will this effect the budget for future Marvel movies? or even effect the number of movies to be released each year?

again I'll state, don't get me wrong, I loved Thor. I'm just worried we might not get the "Effort" and "detail" we currently enjoy with Marvel Produced movies.
Is the $145 that Thor is currently sitting on going to worry the exec at Marvel? Let's face it, CBM's are targetted at the Nt American market (I myself, being from Australia). And with the medium return of Thor in the US, will this effect the budget for future Marvel movies? or even effect the number of movies to be released each year?

again I'll state, don't get me wrong, I loved Thor. I'm just worried we might not get the "Effort" and "detail" we currently enjoy with Marvel Produced movies.
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8:27PM on 05/22/2011
english dude.
english dude.
8:43PM on 05/22/2011
Well i think Marvel should be pleased. If they aren't, then they had unrealistic expectations.

It's the first movie in a possible franchise, it was critically well received by both audience and critics. It made more than Iron Man overseas. I think the studios are seeing more the importance of worldwide markets.

It's not a HUGE blockbuster, but i bet if it was a bad movie, it woulnd't even gross 100 million. Thor is not a well know character and it's too fantansy compared to other superheroes
Well i think Marvel should be pleased. If they aren't, then they had unrealistic expectations.

It's the first movie in a possible franchise, it was critically well received by both audience and critics. It made more than Iron Man overseas. I think the studios are seeing more the importance of worldwide markets.

It's not a HUGE blockbuster, but i bet if it was a bad movie, it woulnd't even gross 100 million. Thor is not a well know character and it's too fantansy compared to other superheroes nowadays. Let's see how Green Lantern does.
10:34PM on 05/22/2011
If I remember correctly Hulk only grossed like $130 mil total in the U.S. so its already beat that and is still at number 3. Also i believe it had a budget of 150 mil which it will pass next week. So i think they'll be ok with it.
If I remember correctly Hulk only grossed like $130 mil total in the U.S. so its already beat that and is still at number 3. Also i believe it had a budget of 150 mil which it will pass next week. So i think they'll be ok with it.
6:31PM on 05/22/2011
Good news all around IMO-"Bridesmaids" holding it's own quite well. Last night The Drive-In was PACKED! many didn't get thru the gate till 10-15 minutes into "Pirates 4" it was a crowd akin to the usual 400-600+ that their "Dusk to Dawn Show"(all night 5 features) draws twice a year...really surprised.
Good news all around IMO-"Bridesmaids" holding it's own quite well. Last night The Drive-In was PACKED! many didn't get thru the gate till 10-15 minutes into "Pirates 4" it was a crowd akin to the usual 400-600+ that their "Dusk to Dawn Show"(all night 5 features) draws twice a year...really surprised.
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