Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides debuted to an estimated $90.1M domestically — which was in line with expectations — but sailed into the record books with a huge $256.3M overseas for $346.4M worldwide. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” held the previous record for highest-grossing start overseas with $236M. The international debut was also 20% higher than ‘At World’s End’ ($216M).
Overall, the $346.4M worldwide opening ranks #3 all-time (behind ‘Half-Blood Prince’ at $394.0M and “Spider-Man 3″ at $381.7M). It currently ranks slightly higher than the worldwide debut of ‘At World’s End’ ($344.0M), but that could certainly change when the finals are released.
Rounding out the top five were: Bridesmaids with $21.058M ($59.518M cume), Thor in third with $15.5M ($145.406M cume), Fast Five in fourth with $10.631M ($186.219M cume) and Rio in fifth with $4.65M ($131.647M cume).
Worldwide, Fast Five has crossed $500M ($506.219M), while Rio is closing in on $450M ($438.635M) and Thor is near $400M ($382.887M).
Source: Box Office Mojo