Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End remained at #1 overseas for the third consecutive weekend with an estimated $51.3 million from 17,500 screens in 103 territories, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The third film in the “Pirates” franchise has earned $493.5 million internationally in three weekends, surpassing 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith ($493.2 million) as the 15th-biggest overseas blockbuster of all time. It already has exceeded the international tally of 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl by nearly $140 million, and is shy $149 million of the total take of last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
The film should pass the half-billion-dollar mark internationally by Monday or Tuesday, according to distributor Buena Vista International. No other film has reached that benchmark so quickly.
“At World’s End” now ranks No. 23 on the chart of all-time worldwide list with a gross of $747.1 million. It is the third most successful foreign release for Disney and the fourth-biggest worldwide grosser for the company (after “Dead Man’s Chest,” 2003’s Finding Nemo and 1994’s The Lion King).
“Pirates” had to contend with the opening of Warner Bros. International’s Ocean’s Thirteen, which earned an estimated $28 million at about 4,200 screens in 30 markets. The third installment has already grossed $65.1 million worldwide since opening Friday.
“At World’s End” also had to counter the expanded rollout (in 14 new territories) of DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International’s Shrek the Third, which nabbed an estimated $25 million from 1,852 screens in 23 markets. Its overseas total is $54.5 million; worldwide, its total is $336.4 million.
In its sixth weekend, Sony’s Spider-Man 3 pushed its overseas total to $539 million thanks to an estimated $7 million weekend from 6,205 screens in 77 markets. Worldwide, Spider-Man 3 has grossed $864.7 million, 13th on that all-time list.