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In a surprise to nobody -- maybe former director Gore Verbinski was a bit shocked -- Pirates took home number one for the weekend in demanding fashion. It made $90 million, or 1,049,535,000 pieces of eight. I guessed $96, but since none of you took a shot, it looks like I won. This is double what PotC 1 made, but nowhere near the Pirate-mania that once was (although Pirate-mania is still running wild in the rest of the world, as it made $256 overseas just this weekend). Remember, PotC 2 once had the highest opening weekend ever. It still beats out Fast Five for the biggest opening of 2011.
Bridesmaids stayed at #2 with $21 million, only down $5 million from last week. #3, 4, and 5 were Thor, Fast Five, and Rio which have now made $145m, $186m, and $131m US life to date respectively. Then at #6 is Priest, which now has hit $60m worldwide and has thus broke even.
Finally, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris finished #12 in limited release. And that is very limited release. Six screens! And yet it still made $580,000, which comes out to $96,500 per screen -- five times what Pirates made on 4100 screens. Beware the wrath of Woody.