July 9, 2006

“Pirates” sequel sets new record at box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead
Man's Chest" set a new record for the highest opening in box
office history on Sunday, smashing the four-year-old record
held by "Spider-Man," said distributor Walt Disney Co.

The widely hyped family adventure sequel, marking the
return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, sold an
estimated $132 million worth of tickets in its first three days
of release across North America, easily surpassing industry
expectations of an opening in the $100 million range.

The old three-day mark of $115 million was set by
"Spider-Man" in May 2002.

Additionally, the "Pirates" haul of $55.5 million during
its first day of release on Friday set a new record for a
single day, beating the $50 million earned on a Thursday in May
2005 by "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith."