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  • 'Pirates' returns for 10th hitch - The Hollywood Reporter 9/18/06

    'Pirates' returns for 10th hitch

    By Hy Hollinger
    The Hollywood Reporter
    September 19, 2006

    For the most part, overseas moviegoing has tapered off as kids return to their schoolbooks and adults settle down to their work schedules, but there's still plenty of new action around for die-hard movie fans. New releases, including high-profile independent offerings as well as notable local-language entries, are finding places in the overseas boxoffice charts. Some of the local-language films are "going through the roof," a major company distribution executive said.

    But in the midst of the subdued early fall action, there's a nonstop locomotive in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which propped up the weekend boxoffice thanks to a record five-day bow in Italy of $13.4 million from 1,026 screens. The Johnny Depp starrer, back at No. 1 for the 10th time in 11 weeks after relinquishing the lead to "Cars" following nine straight weeks at the top, earned $18.3 million over the weekend from 4,292 screens in 36 territories.

    The international cume reached $613.2 million, making "Dead Man's Chest" the sixth film in history to top $600 million at the overseas boxoffice. "Cars," meanwhile, came in second (for a U.S. film) over the weekend with $7.9 million from 3,339 screens in 24 countries, lifting its cume to $192.6 million.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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