First Pirates Screenings Start May 24 at 8pm

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Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed that the first screenings for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End will start at 8pm on Thursday, May 24.

With anticipation sky-high for the third “Pirates,” Disney could conceivably regain bragging rights for the top opening frame. Spider-Man 3 ($151 million) this weekend earned $15 million more than “Dead Man’s Chest” ($135.6 million) did last year its first weekend.

Shrek the Third, by contrast, isn’t budging from its opening on Friday, May 18. The core “Shrek” audience will still be in school, giving Paramount less motive to go earlier.