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Pirates Power to $54.5 million Opening Day

July 8th, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean has sailed to a spectacular opening day of $54.5 million, according to The Numbers' estimate. If that number holds up (never a certainty with early estimates), then Pirates will have comfortably set a new record for a single day at the box office, beating the $50,013,859 earned by Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith when it opened in May last year. Even assuming a big drop-off in box office over the weekend, Pirates looks certain to break the all-time weekend record. That figure currently stands at $114,844,116, earned by Spider-Man back in 2002.

To give an idea of how massive Dead Man's Chest opening day was: if it continues at this pace, it would earn over $150 million over the weekend (based on a comparison with Spider-man). That seems very unlikely, but we're truly in uncharted territory here, m'laddies, arrrrr.

(Sorry.)

Filed under: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest