Well, it had to happen sooner or later. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has finally been ousted from the top ten. It fell from eight to 12 this week, taking in nearly four million dollars.
It is easily going to be the biggest film of the year, not to mention one of the biggest domestic and worldwide hits of all time. Its worldwide take is nearing one billion dollars, which will make it the fourth film to do so. Disney must be very, very happy with that. It will be interesting to see how the third movie performs next year.
This week's top performer was another Disney film, the inspirational sports drama, Invincible. It had a strong opening, more than doubling the take of the number two film. I donated my ticket price to that take when I saw it on Friday.
It may follow a formula, but Disney has it on lockdown. Each time they put one of these out they nail it. It is a good, upbeat film that works well with the back-to-school season, not to mention the impending return of the NFL.
The next new release this week came in at number four, the sophomoric Beerfest. It is a film that is fitfully funny, but could have used a bit more time in the editing room. It is dumb and crass, but it has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Due to the R rating and the limited audience, this will probably sink relatively quickly.
The final new film in the top ten is Idlewild, the period musical drama featuring the members of Outkast in lead roles. I have heard mixed reviews about the film, but I have to say it looks good and I hope to see it later this week.
There was one other film entering wide release this week, but it failed to crack the top ten. That film is Walden Media's How to Eat Fried Worms, based on the children's novel. I actually thought this would do well, but I guess I was wrong. Now I suspect this will disappear very quickly.