“Pirates” Smashes Overseas Box-Office Record

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has set a new record for the best-ever international box office debut with an estimated $256.3 million.

On Stranger Tides,” The fourth installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, replaced “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” as the best international debut in history. The sixth installment in the “Harry Potter” film franchise earned $236 million when it debuted in 2009. Combined with its North-American opening gross of $90.1 million, “Stranger Tides” has the fourth-best global opening with $346.4 million. “Half-Blood Prince” owns the best-ever global opening with $394 million.

Although the opening of “Stranger Tides” in North America was not as spectacular as its overseas debut, its $90.1-million gross was still the best this year, displacing “Fast Five,” which opened with $86.2 million. Coming in second place at the North-American box office this weekend was the raunchy comedy “Bridesmaids,” which added $21 million for a two-week cume of $59.5 million. “Thor,” which ruled the domestic box-office the past two weeks, “Fast Five,” and “Rio” rounded out the top five.