Pirates lauded by previewers, set to break records

Updated on May 28, 2007 07:58 PM IST
Judging by advance ticket sales, the third instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean looks on its way to breaking box office records.
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The third and possibly final instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean is set for its US premier and looks like the film is already on its way of breaking box office records.

According to movietickets.com, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End advanced ticket sales are much higher than opening weekends of both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Spider-Man 3.

The movie will have to face competition from Spiderman 3 and Shrek 3, which opened last week with $121.6 million.

According to Exhibitor Relations box-office analyst Jeff Bock, people have been eagerly waiting for the movie’s release, and predicted that other flicks would not stand a chance in front of it.

"It's definitely going to be the highest grossing Memorial Day weekend of all time," E! Online quoted Bock, as saying.

"I think this is the one that people were waiting for the most. Spider-Man definitely had the build-up, but I think there's something to be said for a box office that's really on fire. I think Pirates does have the edge there—but we're also talking about theatres playing it back to back to back,” he said.

The movie is also getting positive reviews – unlike the second movie in the trilogy.

According to Variety's Brian Lowry, actor Johnny Depp’s character is the biggest ‘asset’ of the movie.

"Depp's fey, morally challenged buccaneer remains a kick and the pic's biggest asset," Lowry wrote.

Chicago Tribune’s Michael Wilmington insisted that the flick ‘delightfully imaginative’.

"The movie is almost too much, it is also subversively off-track and delightfully imaginative,” Wilmington wrote.

The movie is helmed by Gore Verbinski, director of the previous films, and the cast includes returnees Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Tom Hollander and Naomie Harris.

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