From Box Office Prophets:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest broke Spider-Man's record for biggest opening weekend of all time, providing some much-needed relief for a summer box office riddled with disappointments. Today is the franchise's third birthday, and it will have 132 candles on its cake.
The number to remember is no longer Spider-Man's three-day figure of $114.8 million. The new number to hold onto is $132 million, the number recorded over this historic three-day weekend by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Yes, the Disney flick sold an estimated $132 million in ticket sales between Thursday at midnight through Sunday, setting a record that many thought would actually fall much earlier. Dead Man's Chest secured its huge debut gross after opening on 4,133 venues, producing an awesome venue average of $31,938. Spider-Man opened in early May 2002, and earned its $114.8 million from only 3,615 venues, so the webslinger also loses the venue average record, which was formerly at $31,76