Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was tops on Wednesday, while The Hangover: Part II was off to a terrific midnight Thursday start.

‘On Stranger Tides’ Leads on Eve of ‘Hangover Part II’

on May 26, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides led the daily box office for a sixth and final time on Wednesday. The big-budget sequel starring Johnny Depp grossed $4.71 million, which was down a sizable 22 percent from Tuesday. On Stranger Tides has grossed $109.05 million through six days of release, but beginning today the film will obviously take a backseat to both Warner's The Hangover Part II and Paramount's Kung Fu Panda 2. Thus far On Stranger Tides is running 25 percent behind the pace of 2007's Shrek the Third. Although Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides continues to perform towards the lower end of domestic expectations, the film is performing much stronger internationally.

The Hangover Part II was off to a very strong midnight start with an estimated $10.4 million (which will be counted towards Thursday's opening day gross). That was easily the biggest midnight start of the summer so far, with earlier midnight figures including $4.7 million for On Stranger Tides, $3.7 million for Fast Five and $3.3 million for Thor. Clearly the highly anticipated comedy sequel is headed for a massive five-day debut, especially for an R-rated film. Check back tomorrow for a full report on what is shaping up to be a very impressive opening day performance for The Hangover Part II.

Universal's Bridesmaids held steady in second place on Wednesday with $2.09 million. The break-out comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph was down 11 percent from Tuesday and down a healthy 29 percent from last Wednesday. Bridesmaids has now grossed $66.48 million through 13 days of release. It will be interesting to see just how well Bridesmaids is able to hold up against The Hangover Part II this weekend. But regardless of this weekend's performance, Bridesmaids will still be in great shape to display strong holding power throughout the month of June.

Paramount's Thor and Universal's Fast Five continued to claim third and fourth places respectively. Thor was down 16 percent from Tuesday to gross $1.09 million, while Fast Five fell 15 percent to gross $0.72 million. With both films starting to wind down their runs, Fast Five has clearly won the battle between the two. Respective domestic totals stand at $188.79 million for Fast Five through 27 days and at $149.41 million for Thor through 20 days.

Tags: Bridesmaids, The Hangover Part II, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Thor, Fast Five

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