'Pirates' Earns $92.1 Million Overseas

Disney Enterprises

Fourth installment beats series' international records; still awaits tallies from China

While the domestic weekend debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides struggles to break $100 million, the Disney release may have exceeded that box office benchmark over its first three days of release on the foreign theatrical circuit.

Disney said Saturday that the Wednesday-through-Friday overseas premier of the fourth in the Pirates franchise from producer Jerry Bruckheimer collected a total of $92.1 million -- excluding proceeds of a China opening yet to be accounted for.

The three-day tally (minus China), said Disney, is eight percent bigger than the comparable $85.3 million gross registered in the same number of markets by 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

In its opening overseas launch, World’s End grossed $216 million, the third largest offshore debut ever. It went on to become the top foreign grosser of the Pirates titles with total overseas box office of $654 million -- more than double its domestic take.
On Friday, On Stranger Tides, completing its international rollout, drew $46.2 million or more than two percent above At World End’s comparable daily figure ($45.4 million) in the same number of territories; and 24 percent above the daily gross ($37.4 million) of the second sequel, 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Biggest foreign market so far for On Stranger Tides is Russia, where the three-day market cume stands at $15.6 million or nearly 20 percent of the foreign total thus far.  The U.K. has thrown off $8.5 million in the same period. France generated $6.8 million, Italy $4.3 million and Australia $4.1 million.

Worldwide total for On Stranger Tides currently stands at $127.1 million, said Disney.  

The first three titles in the Pirates series – including 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl -- have grossed a total of $2.68 billion worldwide, of which $1.65 billion came from foreign playoff.