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Pirates sails to top of UK chart
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Depp will reprise his role in a third Pirates film next year
The Pirates of the Caribbean sequel has sailed to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart after the best UK opening weekend of the year.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, with Johnny Depp, took 11.47m from Friday to Sunday, according to Screen International figures.

That surpassed Ice Age 2's 9.77m debut UK weekend in April.

The sequel to 2003's original Pirates film had a record opening in North America, where it took $132m (71m).

That beat the previous best US debut, by Spider-Man in 2002, of $115m (62m).

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban holds the record for a UK and Ireland opening, taking 23.9m when it was released in 2004.

The first Pirates film was a worldwide hit and earned Depp a Oscar nomination.

A third instalment is currently in production. The films also star Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom.

Last week's top earner in the UK, animation Over the Hedge, fell to second place in the box office chart with weekend receipts of 2.17m.

The Lindsay Lohan romantic comedy Just My Luck dropped from second to third place, taking just under 425,000.


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