Pirates Becomes Year's Biggest Film
Studio estimates for Pirates of the Caribbean's weekend came in pretty close to the actual figures, with the official gross put at $62.3 million. After two weeks, the film hasalready become the highest-grossing movie of the year, with its totalgross put at $258.4 million. Sony's Little Man and Universal's You, Me and Dupree fought it out for second place, withLittle turning out bigger than expected with a take of $21.6million. Dupree was less than $88,000 behind, with $21.5 million. Warner Bros.' Superman Returns, which finished infourth place, continued to look as if it were still struggling againstKryptonite as it earned $12.3 million to bring its total to $164.3 million. Some analysts expressed doubt that the film, which cost about$210 million to produce, plus another $40 million to develop, wouldeven hit $200 million during its domestic run.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figurescompiled by Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses representtotal gross to date):
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Disney, $62,345,264, 2 Wks. ($258,364,766); 2. Little Man, Sony, $21,613,176, (New); 3. You, Me and Dupree,Universal, $21,525,560, (New) ); 4. Superman Returns, WarnerBros., $12,288,317, 3 Wks. ($164,316,103); 5. The Devil Wears Prada, 20th Century Fox, $10,386,386, 3 Wks. ($83,490,860); 6.Cars, Disney, $7,840,985, 6 Wks. ($220,001,446); 7. Click,Sony, $7,261,361, 4 Wks. ($119,963,211); 8. The Lake House, Warner Bros., $1,665,485, 5 Wks. ($48,996,220); 9. Nacho Libre,Paramount, $1,615,331, 5 Wks. ($77,233,137); 10. A ScannerDarkly, Warner Bros., $1,266,427, 2 Wks. ($1,868,905).