Over at Deadline Hollywood Daily - Nikki Finke says that the latest tracking data for Pirates of the Caribbean 2 "is as big as any film in history."
That's fantastic. I'm sure the film will be great (same writers, directors, cast, and a deliriously funny Johnny Depp) and the opening will be ginormous.
However she goes onto say, "Either there's a gross error, or the Magic Kingdom has Titanic on its hands..."
Now that's just silly hyperbole. It may well open to $100 million, and it may make more than the original's massive $305.4 million. Just remember than Titanic almost doubled that number. So to be clear, the first film broke $300 million, which just 21 films have ever done, and she thinks that this sequel will double it? Even the incredibly huge Shrek 2 still fell over $160 million short of Titanic.
Titanic broke $15 million for 15 straight weeks and was number 1 on the charts during that entire run (through January, February, and March, so it had no competition).
Can you name the last film that made more than $15 million in it's 15th week out? No? That's right, because it has never happened before. The next best is a measly $6 million, and that shouldn't even count because Sideways wasn't in wide-release until that very 15th week. Show me another movie that was still playing on over 3200 screens four months after it was released.
Nothing comes close.
Look, I'm really looking forward to the movie, but the Titanic comparison is just silly.
So, um... good luck with that.