The public has been denied a movie they could get behind all summer. Superman Returns didn’t have wide appeal (as this weekend’s bloodbath drop-off will prove). Tommy Cruise hurt M:I3 more than anyone would have guessed and Poseidon was a punch line. X3 got Ratnered even though it opened at a huge $45m (and then tailed off HARD). All of these factors contributed a hungry and anxious public. Lo and behold, they binged on Pirates Friday night.
When the smoke cleared Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest opened at an astounding $55m on Friday. To put this in the proper perspective:
So what does all this mean? Well, we still have to see what kind of legs it has. But personally I’m very pleased because I’ve been reading some negative reviews and I was starting to become introspective about my gushing diatribe review (read it here). Now it seems like there is a real chance the general public might agree with me if this one can stay strong in week 2. It also means the $114m record opening weekend of Spider-Man is in big trouble. Tune in to Monday’s Oracle to see how this all plays outâ€¦