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  • 'Pirates' hits the $1 Billion Mark - Variety 9/7/06

    Pirates Hits the $1 Billion Mark

    Source: Variety

    September 7, 2006

    Walt Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest should join Titanic and The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King Thursday as the only movies ever released to top $1 billion in worldwide grosses.

    The "Pirates" sequel has been out of the domestic top 10 for the past two weekends, but still managed to bring in $4.9 million during the Labor Day weekend to lift the North American total past $414 million -- the sixth-highest on the all-time list.

    It is mainly recent foreign business that's pushed "Dead Man's Chest" over the 10-figure mark. The film has remained dominant internationally with a nine-weekend winning streak and, as of Tuesday, had earned around $583 million overseas.

    The top foreign markets have been the U.K. at $94 million and Japan with $78 million. "Chest" should add another significant chunk of business from Italy, where the final opening is set for Sept. 15.

    There's no chance for "Dead Man's Chest" to catch Titanic, which stands at $1.83 billion, and it would need another $130 million to overtake "The Return of the King" at $1.13 billion.

    The third installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, hits theaters on May 25, 2007.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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