'Pirates' is box office gold
The fourth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series captured ê90 million in box office treasures as Jack Sparrow's latest adventure debuted at number one, Sunday estimates said.
In "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Johnny Depp's character looks to get "savvy" with the Fountain of Youth. Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane co-star in the Disney romp, which has earned mixed reviews from critics.
The $90.1m (Dh330.94m) North American take was enough to knock "Thor" off its throne, according to estimates from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The surprise hit "Bridesmaids" held onto the second spot, grossing $21 million (Dh77.13m) in its second week. The comedy about an oddball group of women preparing for their wedding day supporting roles has earned $57.5 million (Dh211.2 m) total.
After two weeks on top, "Thor," starring Chris Hemsworth as the epic hero banished to Earth from the mystical world of Asgard, slipped to third, earning $15.5 million (Dh56.93m) and raising its three-week total to $145 million (Dh532.61m).
"Fast Five" kept its engine revving by picking up $10.6 million (Dh38.93m). The fifth volume in the high-speed car chase series, which added action star Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson this time around, has grossed $186 million (Dh683.21m) in a month.
In the fifth spot was "Rio," a family-friendly tropical bird comedy which took $4.65m (Dh17.08m) for a total of just over $131m (Dh481.18m) over its six-week run.
Horror flick "Priest" starring Paul Bettany on the hunt for vampires who kidnapped his niece fell two spots to number six. It grossed $4.6m (Dh16.89m) in its second week.
"Jumping the Broom," about two African-American families meeting for a wedding, earned $3.7m (Dh13.59m), slipping one spot to seventh.
Next was romantic comedy "Something Borrowed" with $3.4m (Dh12.48m), followed by Depression-era romance "Water for Elephants" with $2.1m (Dh7.71m). Rounding out the top 10 was "Madea's Big Happy Family," which took in just under $1m (Dh3.67m).
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