'Pirates of the Caribbean' gets soft open at Friday box office
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" opened softer than expected with $35 million at the Friday box office, but pulled in $92.1 million in first three days overseas.
Disney was hoping to gross $90 million domestically, but lowered its weekend estimate to between $87 and $89 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film reportedly cost Disney Studios over $250 million to produce.
The last film in the "Pirates" franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" opened with $114.7 million during Memorial Day weekend in 2007. "On Stranger Tides" is beating "At World's End" overseas by 8 percent and is looking at an international opening of at least $150 million. But as of Friday, "Fast Five" is still in the lead for the best domestic opening of the year, earning $86.2 million in its opening weekend last month.
"Bridesmaids" is holding strong in the box office, grossing $44.8 million after its second Friday, while "Thor" placed No. 3 and has grossed $178.7 million. Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" debuted at Cannes this week and had a strong limited release, grossing an estimated $170,928 in just six locations.
In "On Stranger Tides," Johnny Depp is back to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow and in this installment, Jack crosses paths with Angelica (Cruz), a woman who he slighted in the past and they agree to help each other to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, a ship belonging to the most dangerous pirate alive, Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack is not sure who to worry about more - Blackbeard or Angelica.
Watch a trailer for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" below.