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).