Johnny Depp's new swashbuckling adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: CURSE
OF THE BLACK PEARL has made a huge splash in Hollywood opening as one of the
biggest films ever.
The high-seas epic, in which Depp is brilliant as eccentric buccaneer
CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW, earned $13.5 million (GBP8.4 million on its opening day
in America (09JUL03) - making it one of the top 10 biggest Wednesday openings
The film even managed to top the first-day figures Arnold Schwarzenegger's
T3: RISE OF THE MACHINES netted last Wednesday (02JUL03).
What makes the first-day figures for Pirates even more impressive is the
film opened during a non-holiday weekend, whereas films ahead of it on the top
10, like JURASSIC PARK III and Independence Day, all had holiday help.
A spokeswoman for Disney, the studio behind the film, says, "We knew we
had a pretty special film."