The summer has officially begun with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides arriving on UK shores last Wednesday. Its five-day gross is an impressive £11.6m. Excluding previews (£8.6m), Pirates has had the biggest 3-day opening weekend of 2011 to date.
Pirates has pushed the weekend top 15 up to £15.2m, more than doubling the same weekend last year when Prince of Persia opened. Other new openers over the weekend included Jason Statham’s Blitz, with an opening gross of £266K. Limited releases also came from Win Win starring Paul Giamatti (£155K), the cricket documentary Fire in Babylon (107K) and Spanish horror Julia’s Eyes (£49K).
Overseas Pirates performed extremely well too. Internationally (excluding US), its 5-day gross was a staggering $260.4m, beating Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to become the highest of all time! The US Box Office took $90.2m, becoming the top opening of 2011 to date. It is also the 12th highest May start of all time. Exit polls indicated its audience was 54% male and 54% aged over 25.