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‘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)

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.

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