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    May 24, 2011

    BOX OFFICE NEWS MAY 20 - MAY 22, 2011

    This week, all major studios back out from releasing any movie on the weekend before the Memorial Day, except for Walt Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" of course.

    The fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series swooped in a huge $90.1 million opening from 4,155 locations. That number is enough for the movie to claim the year's biggest opening so far. It edged out Fast Five's opening of $86.2 million three weeks ago, settling for the mediocre 12th highest opening and the 27th most attended (estimation) for the month of May in the history. 3D takes it slightly half of the total take.

    When the relative predecessors are considered, On Stranger Tides did lesser business than its previous two installment. At World's End drew $114.7 million on its first weekend in May 2007 (not including $13.2 million in Thursday night previews), while Dead Man's Chest raked in a then-record $135.6 million opening weekend back in July 2006. On Stranger Tides was always destined to debut lower than At World's End and Dead Man's Chest, given the mixed reaction to those movies and how the audience lost interest with At World's End. Distributor Walt Disney Pictures' exit polling indicated that 54 percent of On Stranger Tides' audience was male and 54 percent was over 25 years old (the age 26-34 group was most represented at 24 percent, followed by 18-25 with 22 percent).

    The number for Pirates 4 outside the United States were more impressive. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides grossed an estimated $256.3 million in its first week. That number topped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince's highest ever start and illustrating the rapid growth in the foreign marketplace. Russia and China were Pirates's top territories with $28.6 million and $20 million, respectively. Key territories included the United Kingdom ($19.5 million), Germany ($19.4 million), Japan ($18.2 million), France ($14.8 million), South Korea ($12 million), Italy ($11.5 million), Australia ($10.3 million), Spain ($10 million), Mexico ($9.8 million) and Brazil ($6.1 million).

    Midnight in Paris also debuted on the week in a limited releases. The Woody Allen's romantic comedy grossed almost $600,000 from only 6 locations, registering the year's highest grossing per theater. Midnight in Paris boasted an ensemble castings that include Owen wilson, Rachel Mcadams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston and Adrien Brody.

    The rest of the Box Office numbers can be obtained below:

    Rank Title Weekend Gross ($) Change (%) Total Gross ($)
    90,151,958 NEW 90,151,958
    2 BRIDESMAIDS 20,882,070 -20.4 59,341,310
    3 THOR 15,455,304 -55.5 145,361,459
    4 FAST FIVE 10,576,865 -48.3 186,165,450
    5 PRIEST 4,750,041 -68.2 23,833,169
    6 RIO 4,687,714 -43.4 131,684,365
    7 JUMPING THE BROOM 3,703,310 -47.6 31,320,562
    8 SOMETHING BORROWED 3,516,387 -48.8 31,519,452
    9 WATER FOR ELEPHANTS 2,179,046 -48.2 52,456,620
    956,589 -56.8 51,723,579
    11 SOUL SURFER 930,008 -49.1 40,610,678
    12 MIDNIGHT IN PARIS 599,003 NEW 599,003
    *Note: All figures are OFFICIAL grosses. Courtesy of BOX OFFICE MOJO

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