Captain Jack Sparrow left Superman, Spider-Man and the Sith in the dust this weekend as "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" scored a box-office booty that earned the #1 spot on the top 10 and broke box-office records.
"Dead Man's Chest" took in more than $132.2 million its first weekend in theaters, according to early estimates. That pull allowed the sequel — which features Johnny Depp reprising his role as Sparrow alongside Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom(see "For Depp, Bloom And Knightley, 'Pirates' Is The Treasure That Keeps On Giving") — to claim the highest opening weekend in box-office history. "Pirates" wins the title away from "Spider-Man," which earned nearly $115 million when it debuted in 2002. "Dead Man's Chest" also holds the single-day record, earning $55.5 million Friday — taking the crown from "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," which made $50 million on its first day in May 2005.
With "Pirates" busting into theaters, every other film on the box-office top 10 was knocked down a notch. Last week's #1 flick, "Superman Returns," fell just one spot but took a sizeable tumble in the earnings category, pulling in $21.3 million — less than one-sixth of "Pirates" ' treasure. The latest film in the Superman franchise stars newcomer Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel, with Kate Bosworth as leading lady Lois Lane, Kevin Spacey as nemesis Lex Luthor, and indie-flick queen Parker Posey as Luthor's partner in crime (see " 'Superman Returns' Stars Put Their Own Spin On Iconic Comic Book Roles").
Men in eye patches and tights proved bigger box-office draws than a Lucifer-mean, couture-clad magazine editor. "The Devil Wears Prada," which stars Anne Hathaway as Andy, a wide-eyed assistant to merciless Runway magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), dropped from #2 to #3 with $15.6 million (see " 'Devil' Designer Patricia Field Drapes Hathaway And Streep In Prada, Aims To Empower).
Not even Adam Sandler's magic remote could stop his latest film's descent down the box-office top 10. "Click," which falls from #3 to #4 with $12 million — stars Sandler as a father who spends minimal time with his family until a magic universal remote — one that that lets him control time in the real world — reminds him just how precious his time really is (see "Actually, Sandler, Beckinsale Don't 'Click' With High-Tech Gadgets At All").
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Another family-friendly flick, "Cars," dropped from #4 to #5. The animated movie about a wannabe racecar whose need for speed is put in check when he is temporarily marooned in a sleepy town, earned more than $10.3 million, bringing its total earnings to more than $205 million.
Coming in four notches below the only other spandex-clad man in the top 10 is Jack Black, who suits up in the stretchy material for "Nacho Libre." Black plays a cook in a Mexican monastery who enters the world of Lucha Libre wrestling to earn money to buy better food for orphaned children in the comedy, which fell from #5 to #6 with more than $3.3 million (see "Tights, Camera, Action: Jack Fights For Good In 'Nacho Libre' ").
Rounding out the box-office top 10 are "The Lake House," which dropped from #6 to #7 with more than $2.8 million; "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," which fell from #7 to #8 with more than $2.4 million; "Waist Deep," which slipped from #8 to #9 with more than $1.8 million; and "The Break-Up," down one to #10 with more than $1.6 million.
Overall, ticket sales were up from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "Little Man" and "You, Me & Dupree" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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