Burbank (CA) - Walt Disney Studios' Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End has opened the weekend with worldwide revenues of $101.4 million during its first day in theaters, surpassing its predecessor, but trailing Spider-Man 3.
Released on May 24, the new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie pulled in $43 million through 4362 theaters in the U.S. during its opening day. Including Thursday pre-screenings, the total ended up at just over $57 million, according to a company statement. The result is slightly ahead of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which hauled in $55.8 million during its opening day in July 2006.
International ticket revenues added $44.4 million, bringing the Friday total to $101.4 million. Total movie revenues now add up to $142.5 million, including revenues form international theaters, which began showing the moving last Wednesday.
At World's End missed the opening day record set by Spider-Man 3 three weeks ago: The Sony movie grossed $59.3 million on its first day and brought its international one-day total to $104 million. At World's End is not expected to catch up to Spider-Man 3’s first weekend revenues, which came in at $151.1 million. The second part of Pirates Of The Caribbean grossed $135.6 million during its opening weekend.
UPDATE: Monday May 28, 7:31 PM EST: Revenues hit $401 million
Late Monday, Walt Disney Studios updated its sales results and said that At World's End had raked in $142.1 million during the Memorial Day weekend – which set a new record in the U.S. and sailed past the previous record of $122.9 million, set by X-Men: The Last Stand last year.
However, the weekend result of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie fell far short of expectations. The movie grossed $115.1 million nationally, trailing the second part of the series ($135.6 million). Adding Monday sales plus revenues from Thursday pre-screenings, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, U.S. ticket sales added up to just over $156 million. Combined with $245 million of international sales, the movies stood at total revenues of $401 million.
Memorial Day movie ticket sales from "At World's End," "Shrek the Third" and "Spider-Man 3" topped $265 million, surpassing the previous record of $247 million set in 2004, according to a report published by AP.