According to preliminary estimates, it appears that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End will not be challenging Spider-Man 3 for the three-day record. The film grossed $43 million on Friday ($3 million of which includes Thursday midnight showings).
It opened in a record 4,362 theaters (eclipsing the 4,262 mark set by Spider-Man 3 earlier in the month). Though that film expanded to 4,324 theaters for its second weekend.
It’s total domestic cume from Thursday up to and including Friday stands at $57 million. That total includes an impressive $17 million from the limited Thursday night showings which happened before midnight, and will not be counted in the Friday totals.
The $43 million figure for Friday would put the film in fourth place all-time for individual Fridays, below Spider-Man 3 ($59.84 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($55.83 million), and X-Men: The Last Stand ($45.10 million).
If estimates hold, it’ll place 10th place overall for opening days.
Disney knew that opening the film a day early (or a night early in this case) would take away from the opening day, as it did, but the film is still tracking strongly, and looks to have a good chance at beating the Memorial Day 4-Day Weekend record held by X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.86 million).
Moving on to the overseas take, the film has snagged a mighty $84.2 million from 102 territories since its Wednesday release in certain markets ($41.1 million up to Friday, $43.1 million on Friday alone). It’s total worldwide take now stands at $141.2 million.
In other box office news, Shrek the Third took in an estimated $14.4 million for second place, while Spider-Man 3 took an an estimated $3.85 million for third place.
Source: Box Office Mojo