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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides crosses $1B worldwide

On the strength of an impressive overseas performance, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has crossed $1B in worldwide box office. The fourth film in the ‘Pirates’ franchise has grossed an estimated $1,007,703,000 — $233.703M domestic / $774.0M foreign.

Not adjusting for inflation, it’s now the eighth film to acheive the milestone and the fourth Disney film (and third in the last two years). Here’s the current top 10 worldwide chart (courtesy Box Office Mojo–as of July 2):

1 Avatar Fox $2,782.3 $760.5 27.3% $2,021.8 72.7% 2009^
2 Titanic Par. $1,843.2 $600.8 32.6% $1,242.4 67.4% 1997
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King NL $1,119.1 $377.0 33.7% $742.1 66.3% 2003
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest BV $1,066.2 $423.3 39.7% $642.9 60.3% 2006
5 Toy Story 3 BV $1,063.2 $415.0 39.0% $648.2 61.0% 2010
6 Alice in Wonderland (2010) BV $1,024.3 $334.2 32.6% $690.1 67.4% 2010
7 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides BV $1,007.7 $233.7 23.2% $774.0 76.8% 2011
8 The Dark Knight WB $1,001.9 $533.3 53.2% $468.6 46.8% 2008
9 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone WB $974.7 $317.6 32.6% $657.2 67.4% 2001
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End BV $963.4 $309.4 32.1% $654.0 67.9% 2007

As you can see, there’s a significant difference between domestic and foreign gross, with foreign grosses accounting for more than 3/4 of the film’s gross. That’s a huge difference from the first film in the franchise which grossed $654.3M worldwide with foreign grosses accounting for 53% of the total gross ($348.9M Foreign / $305.4M Domestic). ‘Pirates 2′ and ‘Pirates 3′ are both present on the above chart so it’s clear to see that this franchise has increasingly become a Foreign box office draw.

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