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Pirates get their treasure, World record for ‘World’s end’
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
May 29, 2007
The clash of the sequels has resulted in a fractured mandate (similar to what happens with elections in India) but we do have a winner. Many battles, small and big were fought at the box office and finally it were the outlaws who won the war and took the treasure but not before being a good scare by a masked superhero and an ugly ogre along with a donkey.

The latter might look an unlikely contender but remember, David did take on and defeat Goliath. But this time Goliath had the final laugh and Walt Disney is laughing its way to the bank that has already swollen by $401 million.

That’s right. $401 million is the amount that the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean-At the World’s end’ has managed to make in its six days at the box office and this is officially the new world record for the biggest opening worldwide. This special effects multi-starrer has managed to overawe audience world over with its sheer magnificence on screen, be it with star presence or visuals. The record for the biggest opening worldwide had been set fresh just three weeks ago by Spiderman-3 but that’s what big summers are all about, big movies and big money.

But as said earlier, the Pirates have won the war but a few battles did fall into Spiderman’s kitty and one among them is the US box office. The Pirates might have conquered the world but at home they have been hit by Spidey phenomenon which has set the new record for biggest opening. It is interesting to note that at home the Pirates have been given the slip even by the Ogre and his donkey (Shrek-3, in case you did not understand); more interestingly the third edition of the Pirates has not been able to emulate the performance of its prequel either and that in spite of having the advantage of opening over a four day weekend. We can play around with the numbers over the four days and the screen averages and territory averages, ticket rates and many more confusing details, but we prefer to keep things simple. Globally, the Pirates have won but in the USA Spiderman is winner, not to forget Shrek-3. That’s what we call a fractured mandate.

The battles are not over yet as the Pirates are yet to touch Indian shores. They do so in two days time and in a week or so we will know who is the winner of the Indian leg of this ‘Around the world in 20 days’ war. Any guesses…
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