'Pirates' haul begins: $58 mil in two days


Boxoffice preview: 'Pirates'-led weekend eyes record book

In what it hailed as a "phenonenal" pre-weekend start, Walt Disney Pictures reported Friday that "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" registered a worldwide gross of $58 million in its first two days in the global market prior to a massive takeoff over the weekend.

Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Marketing and Distribution, said that $17 million came from Thursday night domestic showings across the U.S., $12.1 million from 13 foreign territories that opened on Wednesday, and $29 million from Thursday showings in a total of 39 territories.

"We're thrilled beyond belief with these spectacular early returns, and anticipate that the incredible excitement and demand will continue throughout the weekend and summer," said Zoradi in a statement.

The third in the adventure trilogy starring Johnny Depp expanded to 102 overseas markets on Friday, including such key countries as Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Brazil, Disney said.