New Delhi: Walt Disney Pictures’ blockbuster hit “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” continued on a wave of unprecedented success at the global box office over the weekend, and is poised to have the biggest worldwide opening of all time
According to Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution, the much awaited film will open in over 11,000 screens and 4,362 theatres, than any picture before it.
It is expected to shatter the Memorial Day weekend record on 28 May, eclipsing X-Men: The Last Stand’s $122.9 million four-day start last year. This year the Memorial Day weekend in the US is May 25 – 28, 2007.
It is the Studio’s 53rd film which will reach the $100 million plateau, which is unprecedented in the industry.
At the international box office “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” is on track to gross a record-setting $205.5 million through 17,500 screens in 102 territories , and has already become the Studio’s 54th release to join the $100 million club.
Biggest markets for the film are UK where an estimated $25.8 million are hoping to made from 1,250 screens); in Germany $16.9 million from 1,585 sites; in France $16.7 million from 620 locations and in Japan $15.7 million from 883 situations. Opening records were set in Korea where an estimated $19.6 million from 623 locations are expected and in Russia where $13.7 million from 700 spots are likely to be netted.
Combined with the domestic total of $126.5 mn and the international total of $ 205.5 mn, the worldwide total as of Sunday had hit $332 million after five days, becoming the # 1 film not only in the US but across the world, a rare phenomenon.
The movie which will open in India on June 1 and in China on June 10 is likely to further add up impressively to the grand total of earnings.
Commenting on the announcement, Zoradi said, “Audiences all over the world are clearly having a blast with this latest ‘Pirates’ adventure and we are thrilled to report that the film is on track to have the biggest worldwide opening in movie history. From every corner of the world, the film is playing like gangbusters, and we think that this enthusiasm and good will is going to continue for a long time to come.”
The Pirates are coming to India on June 1st, 2007
This weekend theatres across India will be stocking up on popcorn, soda, and candy in anticipation of record crowds that would be at the theatres to see the Johnny Depp starrer “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (aka POC 3), which bows on June 1st 2007 with more than 300 prints in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English.