LONDON -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" showed steady sea legs and no seasickness in its second voyage at the European box office this weekend.
The Disney swashbuckler faced little direct competish from new fare but there were some notable counterprogramming successes including a decent Italo opening haul for Tarantino's "Death Proof," despite some negative local press.
Outside the U.S., "At World's End" has plundered its biggest box office booty in Blighty.
The swashbuckler may not have broken any U.K. opening weekend records but it is showing good staying power. In its soph sesh, the actioner dipped a very respectable 53% to $10.7 million at 550 for a $19,486 screen average.
The strong second frame propelled "Pirates" to a $58.3 million running cume after 11 days on release. That puts it well ahead of last year's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which grossed $34.4 million from 514 in its first 11 days.
"Dead Man's Chest" went on to bag a whammo $103.1 million, making it the second biggest grosser released in 2006 -- trailing only "Casino Royale." "At World's End" has already lapped the original pic in the franchise, which pocketed $55.8 million in 2003.
The result is particularly pleasing for Mouse House brass as weekend weather was very warm -- traditionally more conducive to a trip to the beach than to the local multiplex in the U.K.