"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" debuts as No.1 in North America box office

09:28, May 23, 2011      

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"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the latest in the hit "pirates" franchise from the Walt Disney Studios, won a real victory at the cinematic seas, capturing the hefty booty of king of the North America box office with dominant showings.

The sequel, the fourth in its kind, opened with 4.7 million dollars in a little more than 2,000 movie theaters at midnight in the United States and Canada, beating previous Disney pacesetter " Alice In Wonderland," and recent blockbusters including "Fast Five " and "Thor." Hollywood top A liner Johnny Depp's latest vehicle is expected to rake in 90.1 million dollars in movie ticket sales from 4,155 theaters, putting it well in the number place of this weekend's box office derby.

The Pirates reboot, armed with 3D format, hit the theaters including 2,747 3D locations -- of which 256 are IMAX theaters. However, the Friday-Sunday showings are well below the performance achieved by the last sequel, "Pirates of the Caribbean 3," which grossed 100 million dollars in the first weekend after it premiered in the same time 2007.

In the film, Depp played as Captain Jack Sparrow who crosses paths with a woman from his past, and finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he does not know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

The fantasy-adventure film did not star Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, two of its main actors from the previous trilogy, but filled Ian McShane and Penlope Cruz in, a move turned out to some extent a plus. Sixty-one percent of Fandango's 2,000 ticket buyers said Cruz is the main reason for their experience. In general, critics are positive about the film, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 38 percent positive based on 123 reviews. CinemaScore gave it a B+.

Close at heel is "Bridesmaids," an R-rated Universal comedy targeting female audiences which stars a batch of newcomers, with 21.1 million dollars in receipts. It has garnered a total of 59.6 million dollars in 10 days. In the third place is "Thor," a Paramount superhero drama, which took in 15.5 million dollars for a three-week total of 145 million dollars. "Fast Five," the latest installment from the "Fast &Furious" franchise was in fourth place with 10.6 million dollars, with its four week cumulative receipts totaling 186 million dollars. "Rio(2011)," a 3-D animated comedy released by the 20th Century Fox, was number five with 4.7 million dollars. It has grossed a total of 132 million dollars in ticket receipts in six weeks.

Rounding out the top 10 most popular films in the North America box office are:

"Priest(2011)," 4.6 million dollars; "Jumping the Broom," 3.7 million dollars; "Something Borrowed," 3.4 million dollars; "Water For Elephants," 2.2 million dollars; "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," 990,000 dollars.

Source: Xinhua

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