Monday, July 24, 2006

Pirates on Top a Third Straight Weekend


Walt Disney Pictures' summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest took the top spot at the box office for a third-straight weekend with an estimated $35 million, a drop of 43.8% in ticket sales, for a total of $321.7 million. The last time a summer film was in first place for three straight weekends was American Pie 2 in 2001. Dead Man's Chest crossed the $300 million mark domestically on Saturday, it's 16th day, setting a new record. The previous record was held by Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, which crossed the mark in 17 days. The second installment has also passed the $305 million domestic total that its predecessor, 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, earned during its entire run. Within a week, the film is expected to top the $339.7 million domestic take of Finding Nemo to become Disney's top-grossing movie. Dead Man's Chest has also climbed to the 16th spot on the all-time domestic list. The "Pirates" sequel has reached $539 million worldwide, which puts it 37th on the all-time worldwide list with still a long time to go.

Sony Pictures' animated-comedy Monster House opened in the second spot with $23 million from 3,553 theaters. The performance capture adventure was executive produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. It opened in Digital 3D in select theaters as well.

M. Night Shyamalan's new fantasy-thriller Lady in the Water, starring Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard, flopped in the third spot, making just $18.2 million from 3,235 theaters. His last movie, The Village, opened to $50 million and went on to earn $114 million.

In their second weekends, Universal comedy You, Me and Dupree earned $12.8 million for a total of $45.3 million, while Sony comedy Little Man made $11 million for a sum of $40.6 million. The two cost $54 million and $64 million to make, respectively.

Kevin Smith's Clerk II debuted in sixth place with $9.6 million in 2,150 locations. Not bad for a film that only cost $5 million to make.

On the other hand, Fox's My Super Ex-Girlfriend, starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson, collected just $8.7 million from 2,702 sites. The studio had hoped for an opening in the mid-teens.

In their fourth weekends, Warner Bros.' Superman Returns added $7.46 million for a total of $178.4 million and Fox's The Devil Wears Prada took in $7.425 for a total of $97.6 million.