Pirates Tops $500M Overseas in Record Time

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End has topped $500 million overseas in a record-setting 20 days, reports Variety.

That feat — beating by a week the Spider-Man 3 mark for fastest film to reach half a billion dollars in overseas grosses — underlines the powerful performance of the third “Pirates” pic abroad, with foreign markets supplying two of every three dollars of its worldwide total.

“At World’s End” became the 15th film to cross the half-billion milestone Tuesday, thanks partly to an impressive Chinese launch of $1.3 million at 506 playdates in the movie’s final major overseas opening.

As of the end of business Tuesday, the “At World’s End” foreign total had hit $505.6 million, while the North American total hit $257.7 million, lifting worldwide gross to $763 million — 21st highest of all time. Domestic performance has declined more quickly than international, with 70% of last weekend’s worldwide take of $72 million coming from outside the U.S.

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