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  • 'Pirates': Stronger than Kryptonite? - USA TODAY 6/29/06

    Superman vs. Jack Sparrow: Who will win?

    Updated 6/29/2006 10:51 PM ET

    Warner Bros.
    Potential staying power:Brandon Routh and Superman Returns
    could enjoy a long run at the box office.

    By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

    In Superman Returns, the Man of Steel faces Lex Luthor, world peril and Kryptonite.
    But his biggest challenge may come from Johnny Depp.

    That's because Hollywood is still waiting to crown its big-screen king of summer. And with earlier contenders falling by the wayside, the industry buzz is whether Superman, which opened Wednesday, or Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chestwill be the box-office titan of the season, and probably the year. Pirates cost an estimated $200 million to produce; Superman cost $250 million.

    Early money is on the swashbuckler.

    Thus far, no film has dominated summer. Though several movies came out of the gate quickly, including The Da Vinci Code and X-Men: The Last Stand, none has approached $300 million, the gold standard for a summer smash.

    Last summer, Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith racked up $380 million and was the biggest movie of the year. The year before that, it was Shrek 2 with $441 million.
    "It's been a very blah summer so far," says Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo. "There's no Shrek, no Star Wars, no Finding Nemo. We need something to invigorate audiences."

    His bet is on Pirates, out July 7. Gray says the first Pirates, which made $305 million in 2003, built an appetite unrivaled by any other movie.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'Pirates': Stronger than Kryptonite? - USA TODAY 6/29/06

    Superman cus its insanely busy but will it keep up is the question?
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