"Pirates" treasure mounts to $1 billion worldwide
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap) - Disney on Saturday confirmed that its fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, "On Stranger Tides," has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since its May 20 release.
The film represents the second top-grossing "Pirates" film, and will now set its target on 2006's "Dead Man's Chest," which took in $1.066 billion worldwide.
At $756.1 million going into the weekend, "On Stranger Tides" is the third biggest international ticket seller of all time among all time, beaten only by James Cameron's "Avatar" ($2.02 billion) and "Titanic" ($1.24 billion).
While domestic box office performance for "Pirates 4" has trailed the three previous films in the franchise, the movie's international performance is nothing short of extraordinary.
Here, thanks to Disney's public relations department, are some fun "On Stranger Tides" fast facts (well, fun if you're a Walt Disney Co. shareholder):
* Eighth film in history to reach the $1 billion threshold.
* Third Disney film in less than 18 months to gross $1 billion globally ("Alice in Wonderland" was the other).
* The Walt Disney Studios' fourth title to earn $1 billion.
* No. 3 film of all time at the international box office.
* Crossed the $500 million international threshold in a record-setting 14 days.
* Crossed the $800 million global threshold in only 20 days, the second fastest ever to reach this milestone.
* Set a new industry speed record by crossing the $700 million global threshold in only 16 days.
* Disney's biggest international release ever.
* The biggest "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment in 58 territories.
* Highest-grossing Disney film ever released in China and Russia.
* Nearing $100 million in Japan, where it's been No. 1 for all six weeks of release.