Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, claimed a couple of impressive box office titles today, including the biggest opening in industry history. According to Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution, AT WORLD’S END grossed $401,000,000 worldwide in its first six days of release; this figure surpasses the previous record of $382 million set by the six-day opening of SPIDERMAN 3 earlier this year. Zoradi also noted that AT WORLD’S END continues to please audiences around the world with exceptionally strong exit polls.
Looking at the domestic box office, AT WORLD’S END set a new record for the four-day Memorial Day Weekend by grossing $142 million (including Monday estimates). This topples the previous record of $122.8 million set by X-MEN: THE LAST STAND in 2006. If the showings Thursday evening are included in the total, the third PIRATES film has grossed $156 million in North America.
“We knew that audiences all over the world were excited to see Johnny Depp and the rest of the fantastic ‘PIRATES’ cast in this latest adventure,” Zoradi told the press, “but this record-setting response at the global box office has been nothing short of incredible. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END now has the distinction of having the biggest opening in movie history, and we’re extremely proud of that achievement. Credit goes to the multitude of talent both in front of and behind the camera.” Cheers to all who worked on AT WORLD’S END in any capacity–if you wish to throw your hats in the air, we will happily fetch them for you. –Part-Time Poet