Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides currently has 2011's best opening. Even though Disney was certainly hoping to hit $100 million, the debut is still a success. The buzz surrounding the film is strong. More than 87,000 Flixster users have combined to give the sequel a healthy 73% approval rating, and the CinemaScore rating is a B+. 54% of the audience was male, and the age breakdown was pretty spread out:
Ages 2-11: 8%
Ages 12-17: 16%
Ages 18-25: 22%
Ages 26-34 - 24%
Ages 35-49 - 19%
Ages 50+ -- 11%
Internationally, On Stranger Tides brought in a staggering $256.3 million. The film's worldwide total stands at $346.4 million.
On Stranger Tides by territory:
With $6.4 million on Friday and $8.2 million on Saturday, Bridesmaids is holding up very well. Universal's comedy was able to easily edge past Thor to claim the #2 spot. The fact that the Pirates of the Caribbean films have plenty of female fans makes the hold even more impressive.
Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris is off to a very promising start. The Sony Pictures Classics release now holds 2011's best location average.
Jan. 1 to May 22, 2011: $3,538,221,000*
Jan. 1 to May 22, 2010: $4,006,541,000
Total Decrease: $468,320,000, 11.7%
May 1 to May 19, 2011: $649,385,000*
May 1 to May 22, 2010: $611,031,000
Total Increase: $38,354,000, 6.3%
May 20 to May 22, 2011: $166,000,000*
May 21 to May 23, 2010: $150,694,000
Total Increase: $15,306,000, 10.2%
Check back tomorrow for studio estimates.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.