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Disney’s ‘Pirates’ Sequel Has Friday Sales of $35 Million

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” had sales of $35 million yesterday for Walt Disney Co. (DIS), making it the third-best Friday result for the adventure franchise, said in an e-mailed statement.

The fourth film in the series starring Johnny Depp is on track to take in about $90 million for the weekend, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office division of It’s appearing in 4,155 theaters.

With “On Stranger Tides” Disney brings back a series that has generated $2.73 billion in worldwide ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo. The latest movie, the only new release this weekend, was expected to take in as much as $110 million, according to Mojo publisher Brandon Gray.

In “On Stranger Tides,” Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is enlisted in a search for the Fountain of Youth. Penelope Cruz co-stars as Angelica, a pirate determined to save the soul of Blackbeard from damnation. Geoffrey Rush returns as Sparrow’s rival, Barbossa and Ian McShane plays Blackbeard.

To date, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” the second film in the series, is the franchise’s most successful movie for the opening-weekend period. The 2006 film had sales of $135.6 million, according to

“Dead Man’s Chest” also had Friday receipts of $55.8 million, the series’ best sales for that day.

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