With $35 million in the bank on Friday, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is on pace for a debut of $92 million. This is still a very successful opening even though Disney was certainly hoping to hit $100 million. The buzz surrounding the film is strong. Nearly 84,000 Flixster users have combined to give the sequel a healthy 77% approval rating, and the CinemaScore rating is a B+. Internationally, On Stranger Tides has already grossed $92.1 million.
With $6.38 million on Friday, 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.
Check back tomorrow for studio estimates.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.