In a scant 10 days, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest became the biggest hit of the year, and will likely lay claim to the box office championship of the year. En route to its $62.3 million take for the weekend it claimed a few more records for its chest. It is now the fastest to $200 million (8 days), and also has the highest eight, nine and ten day totals. It also is the third highest second weekend, behind Shrek 2 and Spider-Man.
It has been an amazing thing to see, this seemingly unstoppable behemoth. I never would have thought that, three years ago, a movie based on a roller coaster attraction would spawn such a wonderful movie; a movie so good that its lead actor was nominated for an Oscar. Even less did I think that it would generate a sequel of such gigantic proportions. I have seen the film twice, and it was even better the second time, although I don't think that it tops the original. It will be interesting to see how the third film fares come next year.
Coming in right behind Pirates, well not right behind but in 2nd and 3rd, are a pair of comedies that came in very close together, and both above expectations. Those films are Little Man and You, Me, and Dupree. Little Man is the latest from the Wayans brothers, a film that I have little interest in seeing. Dupree features one half of last year's Wedding Crashers duo, Owen Wilson, in a movie that is rather meandering and unfocused.
Slipping down the charts are the studio-disappointing returns of Superman Returns. This is a film that has fans strongly divided to both ends of the spectrum. I fall on the side of liking it. The next few weeks will see how far this can lurch along.