PIRATES 4 Sails into First (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011


It’s hard to imagine a new release taking down the top domestic opening of the year, the top worldwide opening of the year, the fourth highest worldwide opening of all-time and still not meeting the expectations of its studio. That seems to be the case here for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, with Walt Disney falling short of its $100 million prediction with an opening tally of $90.1 million in coin in its U.S. opening. Still, it’s even harder to fathom the studio executives being all that upset after accomplishing the above feats.
Its $90.1 million has it as the best domestic premiere for a U.S. release, ahead of Fast Five’s $86.1 million performance earlier this month. Combine that very decent score with the massive $256.3 million in earned from international waters, this latest chapter came in with an amazing worldwide effort of $346.4 million after its first weekend.
Disney’s president of worldwide distribution, Chuck Viane, also seemed very pleased the film’s opening results.
“I thinkRob Marshall obviously made one hell of a movie. And when you team Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp, it’s dynamite,” says Disney’s Chuck Viane. “And for me, I will never look $90 million in the face and say it’s not a successful opening. Tracking had always aimed at this number, but everybody tried to make it more than the realty of tracking was,” Viane continued. “And there’s no doubt but that the international box office is becoming more and more important.”
Sounds about right. The $256.3 million it made overseas in its first weekend equals the sizeable budget of $250 million (not including heavy marketing). It has nowhere to go but up the rest of its summer run at the box office.
Universal continues to have a great May month with their female-focused raunchy comedy, Bridesmaids. After shocking insiders by taking down $26.2 million in its debut last weekend, the Judd Apatow-produced film landed in 2nd place this weekend by earning another $21.0 million at the box office. Its latest numbers has the domestic cume at $59.5 million, nearly double its $32.5 million price tag. Between this and the action film Fast Five (ranked 4th this frame), the Universal family is on a roll this summer.
Falling two places to 3rd place is Paramount Pictures’ comic adaptation of Thor. The film dipped 55% in its third weekend but still found a decent $15.5 million in cash across the nation. Its latest performance has the domestic score at $145.4 million, very close to its $150 million budget. The Chris Hemsworth-led superhero effort has also pulled in decent oversea numbers in its first three frames by earning another $237.4 million in foreign markets. The global cume stands at $382.8 million after 17 days of release.
As mentioned above, Universal’s Fast Five dropped one notch down to 4th place by rolling up another $10.6 million on 3,622 theaters across the states. The film’s fourth frame numbers has its domestic tally at $186.2 million, making it very possible the studio could be crossing the coveted $200 million range over the next two weeks. It seems an incredible feat for a fifth installment in an action franchise.
With another $320 million from its foreign audience, Fast Five currently sits on top of the 2011 summer race (see below) with a global score of $506.2 million.
And holding steady in the 5th place spot is once again 20th Century Fox’s animation, Rio. The adventure from South America has been in the same spot for three consecutive weeks, with the release dropping only 43% in its sixth frame. It pulled in another $4.6 million and increased its total to $131.6 million. The film also has another $306.9 million in foreign areas, making for a global cume of $438.6 million. Not too shabby for a film which reportedly cost only $90 million to produce.
Domestic revenues were actually up this weekend, with Pirates’ 3D effort helping the overall race tick up 12% from a year ago. Check out the rest of the top 10 down below and sound off with your thoughts.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
$90.1 mil
$90.1 mil
$21.0 mil
$59.5 mil
$15.5 mil
$145.4 mil
Fast Five
$10.6 mil
$186.2 mil
$4.6 mil
$131.6 mil
$4.6 mil
$23.6 mil
Jumping the Broom
$3.7 mil
$31.3 mil
Something Borrowed
$3.4 mil
$31.4 mil
Water for Elephants
$2.1 mil
$52.4 mil
Madea’s Big Happy Family
$990 k
$51.7 mil

Here's the top earners of summer 2011 (worldwide) as they sit now. As reported the previous weekends, Rio is not on here because it was released in mid April and certain May releases (Priest) won't be included because of low theatrical counts. We consider summer tent poles to be released in 3,500 or higher venues.
Fast Five Numbers:
Budget: $125 mil
Opening: $86.1 mil

Domestic: $186.2 mil
Foreign: $320.0 mil
Worldwide: $506.2 mil
Thor Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $65.7 mil

Domestic: $145.4 mil
Foreign: $237.4 mil
Worldwide: $382.8 mil
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Numbers:
Budget: $250 mil
Opening: $90.1 mil

Domestic: $90.1 mil
Foreign: $256.3 mil
Worldwide: $346.4 mil
Friday, May 27, 2011 Releases:
(Early Thursday showings)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (3,800+)
The Hangover II (3,500+)
The Tree of Life
United Red Army
Tuesday, After Christmas

Series: Thor