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Around the World Roundup: 'Pirates' Reign for Fifth Week

by Conor Bresnan
Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
August 7, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest's foreign box office stormed past its domestic take, and, worldwide, the picture surpassed The Da Vinci Code as the top-grosser of the year.

Nabbing $57.3 million from 50 markets over the weekend, Pirates' international booty rose to $392.2 million, compared to $379.7 domestically. Combined, that puts Pirates' worldwide haul at $771.9 million, ahead of Da Vinci Code's $747.3 million.

The supernatural swashbuckler sacked France, claiming the market's third largest opening of all time. Its $17.8 million from 700 screens topped the debuts of all the Harry Potter, Matrix, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings pictures. Elsewhere, Pirates grabbed a potent $1.6 million start in Hong Kong from just 35 screens and $670,000 in South Africa from 85 screens.

In its second weekend in Germany, Pirates raided a stunning $10.8 million, down 38 percent for a $35.8 million total. Other blockbuster tallies include the United Kingdom's $80.3 million in five weeks, Japan's $44.3 million in three, Australia's $25.3 million in five and Mexico's $15.8 million in three.

Still to go for Pirates are Spain next weekend and Italy on Sept. 15.

Meanwhile, Superman Returns grossed a mere $7.4 million over the weekend, including moderate openings in three medium-sized markets. In Denmark, the superhero's revival was No. 1 with $639,000 from 70 prints, but it disappointed in the Netherlands ($410,000 from 96 screens) and Venezuela ($337,000 form 80 screens). Fourth weekend totals include the U.K.'s $25.5 million, Mexico's $14.2 million and France's $10.4 million, and, overall, Superman Returns has $146.5 million and is on track to top Batman Begins' $166.5 million.

Cars' total revved to $128.2 million after a $6.8 million weekend. Most of that gross came from the U.K., where the Pixar feature earned $3.5 million, down 30 percent for a $14 million tally.

Miami Vice first true test came over the weekend with a hodgepodge of openings. On one hand, the cop drama was a solid No. 1 in the U.K. with $4.2 million from 407 screens, narrowly topping what Collateral opened to, while on the other hand, in Russia, it grossed just $684,763 from 217 screens. Mexico's $973,003 from 254 screens was somewhere in the middle, while Portugal's $322,344 from 50 screens was excellent. Vice's eleven-territory weekend generated $6.9 million for an $8.6 million total.

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