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Weekend Box Office — May 25-27, 2007 (Plus Memorial Day)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End expectedly took the top spot over the weekend, despite a lower than expected three-day take.

Pirates III banked $114.73 million from Friday to Sunday. It made an additional $13.24 million during Thursday sneak peaks. The film debuted on a record 4,362 theaters (over 11,000 screens).

From Friday to Monday, the film took in $139.80 million, easily surpassing the Memorial Day four-day weekend record previously held by X-Men: The Last Stand ($122.86 million).

There is no doubt that opening the film a night early hurt the movies chances at breaking the three-day record, but it still would not have been enough to beat Spider-Man 3’s $151.12 million. Including the Thursday it falls short of Spider-Man 3 by more than $20M ($127.97M vs. $151.12M).

Disney can take comfort though in the film’s strong overseas strength and overall international power, with the film in hold of the best six-day international total in history ($404.04M). The breakdown goes as follows: $153.04 million domestically and $251M from overseas receipts.

It stands as the fifth largest domestic weekend (three-day) total of all time (behind Spider-Man 3 — $151.12M, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — $135.63M, Shrek the Third — $121.63M and Spider-Man — $114.84M).

The only other new film in the charts was Lion Gate Films’ Bug which took in $3.25 million from 1,661 theaters.

Elsewhere on the chart, last week’s number one film Shrek the Third shed a rather larger 56.4% week-to-week, moving to second place with a take of $53.04M from 4,172 theaters. Despite adding an additional 50 theaters, it still went through that large drop. 2004’s Shrek 2 did much better in its second week, dipping only 33.2% while grossing a record (for a second week release) $72.17M.

Shrek the Third’s total stands at a still respectable $217.35M through 11 days of release.

And lastly, the other big summer release, Spider-Man 3 had another 50%+ drop (50.6%), taking in $14.36M from 3,723 theaters in its fourth weekend ($303.98M through 24 days of release). Though it increasingly looks likely it won’t hit the $400M mark, the film is doing incredible business overseas, having just passed the $500M mark. It’s total domestic and foreign take breaks down thusly: $307.75M domestic and $501M overseas for $808.75M.

A few interesting facts about the weekend:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End had the best per theater average of any movie in the top 10, with $26,302/theater out of 4,362 sites.
  • Wild Hogs (remember that film) made its way back onto the top 10 charts, posting a gain of 241.4%, moving from 17th to ninth place with a take of $1.44M from 426 theaters. It’s total stands at $163.26M through 87 days of release.
  • Georgia Rule had the worst per theater average of any movie in the top 10 ($980/theater from 1,904 sites). The movie earned $1.87M over the weekend, and has grossed only $16.29M through 17 days of release.
  • And lastly, Shrek the Third actually had the worst week-to-week performance of any movie in the top 10, percentage wise, with its 56.4% drop.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office — May 25-27, 2007 (Actuals)
(TW) — (LW) — (Movie) — (Weekend) — (% Change) — (Theaters) — (Domestic)

1. — N — At World’s End — $114,732,820 — – — 4,362 — $127,972,864
2. — 1 — Shrek the Third — $53,039,992 — -56.4% — 4,172 — $203,378,450
3. — 2 — Spider-Man 3 — $14,335,436 — -50.6% — 3,723 — $303,977,758
4. — N — Bug — $3,245,556 — – — 1,661 — $3,245,556
5. — 12 — Waitress — $3,076,035 — +184.5% — 510 — $5,593,423
6. — 3 — 28 Weeks Later — $2,543,831 — -53.4% — 2,013 — $23,665,081
7. — 5 — Disturbia — $1,932,969 — -48.2% — 1,632 — $74,443,046
8. — 4 — Georgia Rule — $1,866,070 — -50.2% — 1,904 — $16,291,040
9. — 17 — Wild Hogs — $1,441,858 — +241.4% — 426 — $163,264,282
10. — 6 — Fracture — $1,278,682 — -43.9% — 907 — $36,802,787

Top 10 Memorial Day Box Office – May 28, 2007 (Actuals)

1. — At World’s End — $25,069,370
2. — Shrek the Third — $13,970,020
3. — Spider-Man 3 — $3,776,825
4. — Waitress — $928,973
5. — Bug — $770,290
6. — 28 Weeks Later — $736,475
7. — Georgia Rule — $541,840
8. — Disturbia — $500,059
9. — Fracture — $368,079
10. — Away from Her — $199,625

Source: [Box Office Mojo]