Johnny Depp sails to the top of the box office in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

I refuse to accept that a $90 million opening is in any way disappointing, but analysts are already claiming that PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES opened soft domestically and didn’t meet estimates.  But even though it didn’t manage to break the $100 million domestically, that didn’t stop it from breaking the 5-day international opening record with over $256 million worldwide.  So that’s not too shabby and I’d have to assume it’s good enough to go ahead and bring back Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and the rest of the gang for the fifth and sixth films in the series.  There were no other wide releases this weekend, but Woody Allen’s latest, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS had a great per-screen average and should do well if it ever gets a wider release.  But the best news of the weekend is with BRIDESMAIDS, which held on to most of its audience from last week and brought in $21m.

Next week is the release of THE HANGOVER II, which has a lot of people excited, but early reviews aren’t doing the film any favors.  However, I think if you go into this film expecting anything but the exact plot of the first one, just set in Bangkok, then you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $90.1m

2. Bridesmaids $21m

3. Thor $15.4m

4. Fast Five $10.1m

5. Rio $4.8m

6. Priest $4.7m

7. Something Borrowed $3.5m

8. Jumping the Broom $3.7m

9. Water For Elephants $2.3m

10. Madea’s Big Happy Family $1m

Source: Deadline

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