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Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 05/23/2011

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ tops box office, sets international record

Johnny Depp portrays Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush portrays Hector Barbossa in a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." (Peter Mountain - AP)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strangers Tides” easily topped the weekend box office, bringing in $90.1 million domestically and setting a new international record. But while the film performed well overseas, it failed to live up to the opening weekend gross of its two predecessors. Compare the “Pirates” franchise, and get the full box office rundown, after the jump.

On Strangers Tides” had the fourth largest global opening ever, grossing $256.3 million internationally with a worldwide total of $346.4 million. The sixth “Harry Potter” film held the previous record for foreign opening, earning $236 million internationally in 2009.

But much like a fourth child, the film’s box office success is being compared with the franchise’s first three. “Dead Man’s Chest,” the second film in the franchise, made $135.6 million during its first weekend in 2006. “At World’s End” opened with $114.7 million the following year. The first “Pirates” film brought in $70.6 million over its first five days, which is pretty “bustling” for a franchise opener, according to Box Office Mojo.

Bridesmaids” continued to prove that a female-led comedy can be a box office draw. The film came in second, bringing in $21 million at its second week at the box office.

In its third week, “Thor” added $15.5 million to its now $145.4 million total gross. At only six locations, Woody Allen’s latest film, “Midnight in Paris,” brought in an impressive $579,000.

Next weekend, “Pirates” will get a run for its money from two other sequels: “The Hangover Part II” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Which sequel will reign supreme at the Memorial Day box office? Vote in the poll and let us know.

By  |  08:48 AM ET, 05/23/2011

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