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'Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End' breaks box office record
Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" pulled in more than $140 million this Memorial Day weekend, breaking the box office record for the four-day holiday period.
With heavy competition, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" opened in a crowded market along recent releases "Shrek the Third" and "Spider-Man 3," which each had major opening weekends.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" failed to beat the $151 million three-day opening weekend record that "Spider-Man 3" set earlier this month. However, "Pirates" 3 did beat the four-day box office opening record of $122.9 million for the opening of "X-Men 3: The Last Stand" from last year.
Following "Pirates of the Caribbean" were "Shrek the Third" in second place with $69 million, "Spider-Man 3" at third place with $18 million, and new opener and horror film "Bug" at fourth place with $4.2 million.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" record-breaking receipts came despite its long running time, at two hours and 47 minutes, which limited the number of times the film could be played.
Internationally, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" also did well, with more than $400 million in box office receipts with its worldwide release. The Disney movie was released in more than 10,000 theaters in 104 countries, according to the New York Times.
The top three films are part of the "summer of sequels," which will bring the release of sequels to many popular film franchises, including "Harry Potter," "Fantastic Four," the "Oceans" films, and the "Bourne" action movies.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is the conclusion to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, which follows the adventures of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp). "Pirates" 3 was filmed at the same time as "Pirates" 2, and the third film resolves the cliffhanger with which the second installment ended. The "Pirates" films were inspired by the Disneyland ride, Pirates of the Caribbean.
For more information, see 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' plot summary and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' premieres at Disneyland
Source: Associated Press
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