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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 07:20 GMT 08:20 UK
Pirates sets US box office record
Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said the takings exceeded his expectations
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has set an opening weekend record at the North American box office.

The film took an estimated $132m (71m) in its first three days, beating the previous best debut of $115m (62m), set by Spider-Man in 2002.

It generated almost three times the opening weekend total of the original Pirates film - also with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley - two years ago.

Last weekend's top release, Superman Returns, fell to number two.

The superhero's comeback took $21.9m (11.8m), down 58% from last week.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2. Superman Returns
3. The Devil Wears Prada
4. Click
5. Cars
6. Nacho Libre
7. The Lake House
8. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
9. Waist Deep
10. The Break-Up
Source: Exhibitor Relations

Disney - which released Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - said it had received reports of continuous sell-outs for the film, with requests to add screens at multiplexes.

The sequel also set records on Friday for the best single-day total with $55.5m (30m) and on Saturday as the fastest movie to reach $100m (54m).

"When people in the industry predicted these high numbers, I thought they were just trying to be mean," producer Jerry Bruckheimer told the AP news agency.

"No matter how good we did, if we did $100m, we'd be failures. I didn't think we'd get near these numbers."

The first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, made $654m (353m) and earned Depp an Oscar nomination. A third instalment is currently in production.

Fashion satire The Devil Wears Prada, romantic comedy Click and Disney-Pixar animation Cars made up the rest of the top five.

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