Monthly Archives: May 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean – plunders foreign markets

Americans appear to be growing tired of riding the high seas with Capt. Jack Sparrow, but “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” found box office treasure anyway.

The fourth entry in the Johnny Depp-starring “Pirates” series collection was $256.3 million on its first weekend in more than 100 foreign countries, according to an estimate from Walt Disney Studios. That’s the biggest international debut of all time for a film.

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It had made up more than for a softer-than-expected $90.1-million launch in the U.S. and Canada. The total worldwide tally was a huge $346.4 million; the film enjoyed the all-time biggest openings in Latin America, the Middle East and Russia, according to Disney.

The disparity in performance demonstrates that in the increasingly global film business, movies can still be blockbuster hits while disappointing at the domestic box office.

“On Stranger Tides” could end up collecting a total of $1 billion, easily justifying the more than $400 million Disney spent on production and advertising.

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

“People have got to understand the size of the stage,” said Disney distribution President Chuck Viane. “It doesn’t matter where the money comes from anymore.”

In fact, the best news at the domestic box office may have come not for “Pirates” but the modestly budgeted comedy “Bridesmaids.” It dropped only 20% on its second weekend to $21.1 million, an indication of strong word of mouth.

To bolster “On Stranger Tides” after 2007 grossed less than the 2006 second entry. U.S. and Canadian audiences didn’t seem to appreciate the effort. Though the movie enjoyed the biggest opening of the year in those countries, it came in well behind the last two “Pirates” pictures. They launched to $135.6 million and $114.7 million respectively.

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest 2006

Despite poor reviews, most people who saw “On Stranger Tides” seemed to like it. U.S. audiences scored the picture a B+, according to market research firm Cinema Score.

Even with strong word of mouth, though, “On Stranger Tides” will struggle to avoid being the lowest-grossing “Pirates” movie domestically, a title held by the original “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” which generated $305.4 million in 2003.

It is also clear that the “Pirates” franchise itself remains vibrant overseas, particularly in countries where many people may not have even seen the original because there were fewer theaters in 2003.

Since the movie’s premiere at Disneyland on May 7, the cast has spent its time doing international publicity including premieres in London, Moscow and at the Cannes Film Festival — an effort that obviously paid off.Smiley

Source: latimes.com

Funny Marriage Quotes and Jokes

Love is blind, marriage is the eye-opener.

The way of transferring funds faster than electronic banking is called marriage.

Marriage is give and take. You’d better give it to her or she’ll take it anyway.

Quotes on Marriage

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

I fell in love at first sight… I should have looked twice.

The only mistake for which people are congratulated is marriage.

Behind every successful wife, stands a surprised mother in law.

The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.

Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.

Marriage is like ordering your own choice from menu card in a restaurant and looking at neighbor’s table and thinking “I should have ordered that.”

Osama bin Laden is dead

US President Barack Obama declares that the Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in a military operation near Islamabad in Pakistan.

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Washington D.C: He made this announcement from the White House close to midnight. In his address, he stated that the terrorist was shot down in a military operation performed by the US forces near Islamabad in Pakistan.

“We got first lead on Osama in August”, said Obama. “The world’s most significant battle against terror has been won. This is a historic day for both nations (US & Pakistan). Justice has been done. No civilians or Americans were injured in the incident” guaranteed Obama.

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The US force has taken custody of Osama’s body. Obama added that the US was not at war with Islam. “Bin laden was no Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. His downfall should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”

Following all these reports, confirmations came from both the US administration and the CIA which lead the operation which killed Laden in Pakistan.

Osama Bin Laden tops the US most wanted list. He is accused of a number of killings, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001.

Source: India Syndicate/ Agencies & MSN