Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Make That $135.6 Mil For "Pirates"
Actually, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" took in even MORE than the studio estimated over the weekend. Its total take was $135.6 mil. I guess that line I stood in on Sunday night was no accident. It's started to open overseas and is doing tremendously well there too -- only the World Cup kept it from opening wider and setting international and worldwide records as well. But will it top "Titanic?" I doubt it has that much repeatability, but certainly $400 mil is a possibilty and it might very well become the third movie in history (after "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King") to top $1 billion worldwide. My favorite moment is the movie Box Office Prophets savants pick to topple its record: "The Hobbit." Uh, doesn't someone have to start thinking about filming it first? (And why is Peter Jackson waiting? Ian McKellen ain't getting any younger.) Finally, it's a sign of progress when even the New York Post can't talk about "Pirates" without referencing Depp's appeal to gay men and quoting a guy who says Depp is sexiest when trying to look "dirty."