'Pirates' Claims US and International Booty
MAY 23, 2011 - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides swooped in with the top-grossing weekend of the year so far. The supernatural swashbuckler claimed an estimated US$90.1 million at 4,155 locations, edging out Fast Five's $86.2 million launch. That was also the 12th highest-grossing May opening ever, but, since close to half of On Stranger Tides' gross was from 3D presentations at a record 2,747 locations (and due to today's general ticket prices), its estimated attendance level would rank 27th.
On Stranger Tides earned an estimated US$256.3 million in its international debut, topping Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for highest-grossing weekend of all-time.
Bridesmaids held its ground, grabbing an estimated US$21.1 million, and its 20 percent drop was smaller than any recent comparable comedy at the same point, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The Hangover. With a US$59.5 million tally in 10 days, Bridesmaids has already surpassed the entire run of Bride Wars and has grossed nearly as much as Baby Mama's final haul, and, in terms of estimated attendance, it's on par with 40-Year-Old Virgin through the same point.
Thor took a typical third weekend hit, dropping 55 percent to an estimated US$15.5 million. Its sum grew to a solid US$145.4 million in 17 days. Fast Five was in a similar boat, down 48 percent to an estimated US$10.6 million and rocking a US$186.2 million tally in 24 days.
Meanwhile, Rio rounded out the Top Five for the third weekend in a row.
Here are the Top 5 North American B-O studio estimates for May 20 - 22, 2011 weekend, in terms of rank, (previous week ranking), Movie name (studio), Weekend takings in USD, (Cumulative gross, USD) and week on chart, courtesy of Boxofficemojo. (US$1=RM3)
1. (-) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Buena Vista) $90.1 million ($90.1 million) 1
2. (2) Bridesmaids (Universal) $21.1 million ($59.5 million) 2
3. (1) Thor (Paramount) $15.5 million ($145.4 million) 3
4. (3) Fast Five (Universal) $10.6 million ($186.2 million) 4
5. (5) Rio (Fox) $4.7 million ($131.6 million) 6