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September 11, 2006

All that Booty from Dead Man's Chest

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" has become only the third film ever to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, it was announced in Hollywood.

The action film joined "Titanic" and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as the only $1 billion films of all time when it surpassed the mark Friday, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook said in a new release.

"To say we are excited is an understatement," said Cook. "This is truly an historical time for The Walt Disney Studios and a time to celebrate."

He said the movie's success was "a real tribute" to producer Jerry Bruckheimer; director Gore Verbinski; actors Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom; and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

The second "Pirates" film has led the international box office for nine consecutive weeks, grossing $587.5 million -- $150 million more than it has taken in at U.S. theaters.

It is the highest-grossing movie in America so far in 2006, with ticket sales of more than $415 million, the studio said.
--- upi.com

Domestic Records:

-- Highest three-day opening in box-office history ($135.6 million)
-- First film in box office history to pass $100 million in only two days
-- Tied as fastest film in history to reach $200 million (8 days)
-- Fastest film in box office history to pass $300 million (16 days)
-- Passed the $305.4 million final gross of its predecessor (Pirates
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) in the same 16 days as
-- Opening day gross ($55.8 million) is highest single-day gross in box-office
-- "Dead Man's Chest" is the 51st film in Buena Vista history to pass $100
million in gross, the most of any studio
-- "Dead Man's Chest" is the 13th film in Buena Vista history to pass $200
million in gross, the most of any studio
-- "Dead Man's Chest" is the highest grossing film in Buena Vista history
and the sixth highest grossing film of all time ($414.0 million through
9/4/06 and still counting!)

International Records:

-- "Dead Man's Chest" is the biggest international release of 2006.
-- It is the sixth biggest film ever released internationally.
-- The film is the most popular international release in the history of The
Walt Disney Studios.
-- Since its initial weekend of release overseas, "Dead Man's Chest" has
ranked #1 for nine consecutive weekends in a row. This is the longest
consecutive weekend reign of any film this century (and surpasses the
previous record of seven weekends held by "The Curse of the Black Pearl"
back in 2003.

-- Biggest BVI opening of all-time: Australia, Austria, Bahrain,
Brazil, Croatia, Czech, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong,
Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya,
Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, So. Africa, Malaysia,
Holland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines,
Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UAE,
Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela

-- Biggest BVI film of all time: Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium,
Bulgaria, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India,
Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, Russia,
Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, UAE, UK

-- Biggest industry opening of All Time: Greece, Russia, Spain
-- Biggest US film of all time: Russia
-- 52nd in BVI history to pass $100M in gross, the most of any studio
-- 19th in BVI history to pass $200M in gross, the most of any studio


Posted by dschnee at September 11, 2006 5:43 PM