September 5, 2006

“Pirates” nears historic $1 billion mark

By Frank Segers

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Scoring a ninth
consecutive weekend as the most popular movie at the foreign
box office, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is
poised to become only the third movie to gross more than $1
billion in global ticket sales.

The worldwide box office for the Disney sequel stands at
$993.7 million, of which $579.5 million was generated
internationally. The $1 billion mark should be exceeded by
Friday, the company says.

The global record is held by 1997's "Titanic" (global
boxoffice of $1.8 billion), while 2003's "The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King" ended up with $1.1 billion.

The foreign box office total for "Pirates" was enriched
over the weekend by an estimated $11.6 million from 49

Topping the list were France, an estimated $2.4 million in
the sixth weekend for a total of $46.5 million, and Japan, $1.6
million for a market total of $78.4 million.

"Miami Vice" grossed an estimated $7.7 million, raising its
international gross to $64.5 million. A solid contributor was
Japan, where the Michael Mann actioner opened on Saturday,
winding the weekend with an estimated $1.7 million.

The No. 3 slot last weekend went to "Cars," which cruised
to an estimated $7.1 million from 34 territories, raising its
international total to $172 million.

The biggest of "Cars"' weekend numbers were posted in
Italy: an estimated $2.1 million for a market total of $10.1

"Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties" finished No. 4 with an
estimated $6.8 million from 35 markets. No. 5 was "Monster
House," the animation title backed by Robert Zemeckis and
Steven Spielberg, which remained largely static, pulling an
estimated $6 million from 36 markets. It had a solid No. 3
opening in Spain with an estimated $1.3 million.

"The Sentinel" picked up some international push with six
openings, registering an overall weekend estimate of $4.6
million and taking its overseas tally to $23.5 million.

"Superman Returns" pulled an estimated $5.1 million,
raising its international total to $181 million. It opened at
No. 1 in Italy with $3.4 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter