On the foreign front, it's still all pirates, all the time. "At World's End," which grossed a record-setting $251 million internationally in its first six days through Monday, won't face any major openings this weekend amid what's likely to be strong continued demand.
BVI reported additional foreign coin of $22 million each on Tuesday and Wednesday, driving the foreign cume to $295 million and the worldwide to $462 million. Best foreign cume came from the U.K. with $43.6 million, followed by Germany with $28 million and France with $24 million.
Execs were particularly enthused over how well "At World's End" held on Sunday and Monday, so it's probable that the pic will wind up the frame somewhere in the eye-popping range of $100 million. On a weekend-to-weekend basis, that would represent a decline of 54% from the opening $216 million weekend.
The plunder from "At World's End" also will see some significant coin from this weekend's opening in India, which is emerging as a solid mid-tier market for Hollywood tentpoles.
The third "Pirates" is likely to cross one significant international milestone during the weekend when it passes the $350 million mark -- equaling the entire foreign gross for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" in 2003. It's also going to be well over half the way to matching the final international take of $642 million for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." And on a worldwide basis, "At World's End" should finish the weekend as the newest member of the club of 32 pics with combined domestic and foreign grosses topping $600 million.