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Last Updated: Tuesday July 11 2006 14:19 GMT

Box office record for Pirates 2

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 has smashed US records during its opening weekend.

Dead Man's Chest took a massive $132m (71m) in its first three days, beating the previous record of $115m (62m) set by Spider-Man in 2002.

The film also made a pretty big splash in UK cinemas, selling more tickets in its first three days than any other film this year.

It sold 11.47m worth of tickets from Friday to Sunday.

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.

Pirates 2 versus Pirates 1

The film, starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley, has now taken three times as much cash in the US as The Curse of the Black Pearl did in its first weekend in 2004.

The sequel also set another record on Friday for the best US single-day total with $55.5m (30m).

Superhero

Dead Man's Chest toppled Superman Returns from the top spot in the US movie charts.

The film about the latest adventures of the comic book superhero will open in the UK on Friday 14 July.



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