Pirates Becomes Year's Top Film -- In 10 Days
Pirates of the Caribbean remained hotter than a July weekend in Barbados as it took in an estimated $62.2 million between Friday and Sunday to bring its 10-day total to $258.2 million and becoming the biggest money maker at the box office this year. It seemed certain to cross the $300-million mark by next weekend. But the biggest surprise may have been the second-place finish of Sony/Revolution's Wayans brothers comedy Little Man, which took in $21.7 million to finish second. It had been expected to earn something in the high 'teens. Little Man edged out Universal's You, Me, and Dupree, starring Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson, which debuted in third place with $21.3 million -- a figure that was also better than expected. The real disappointment at the box office continued to be Superman Returns, which managed to pull in only $11.6 million to bring its total to $163.6 million since its June 28 debut. It took in only slightly more than The Devil Wears Prada, which accompanied the Man of Steel into theaters three weeks ago. Prada, which stars Meryl Streep, fell to fifth place with $10.5 million, bringing its total to $83 million. Nevertheless, despite the strong numbers, they were down 5 percent from the same weekend last year when Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- another Johnny Depp flick -- topped the box office.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, $62.2 million; 2. Little Man, $21.7 million; 3. You, Me and Dupree, $21.3 million; 4. Superman Returns, $11.6 million; 5. The Devil Wears Prada, $10.45 million; 6. Cars, $7.5 million; 7. Click, $7 million; 8. The Lake House, $1.6 million; 9. Nacho Libre, $1.5 million; 10. A Scanner Darkly, $1.2 million.