UPDATE: Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films confirmed this Summer 2011 milestone: that the franchise’s fourth film Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides crossed $1 billion in global box office Saturday.  The global cume through Sunday is $1,007.7B, with an estimated $774M of that coming from international and 233.7M from domestic through Sunday. This will be the second Pirates of the Caribbean film to reach $1B after 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Rounding out the studios’ four billion-dollar earners are 2010’s Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3. Five of the 10 biggest films of all time are now from The Walt Disney Studios.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is now the 8th film in history to reach the $1B threshold, the Walt Disney Studios’ 4 title to earn $1B, the 3rd Disney film in less than 18 months to gross $1B globally, and the bBiggest international opening ever, and the #3 film of all time at the international box office. It also crossed the $500M international threshold in a record-setting 14 days, and crossed the $800M global threshold in only 20 days, the second fastest ever to reach this milestone. Pic set a new industry speed record by crossing the $700M global threshold in only 16 days. It’s Disney’s biggest international release ever, and the biggest Pirates of the Caribbean installment in 58 territories as well as the highest-grossing Disney film ever released in China and Russia. It’s nearing $100M USD in Japan, where it’s been #1 for all 6 weeks of release. Whew!