MONDAY AM UPDATE: ‘Pirates 3’ Breaks Global Opening Record

SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Box Office — ‘Pirates 3’ Lagging ‘Spidey 3’

SATURDAY AM: There’s huge controversy and confusion on the high seas of the Hollywood studios over exactly how much booty the No. 1 movie in the country Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End looted at the box office Friday. I’m told to rely on this figure: a bountiful $43 million from 4,362 theaters. But Disney’s number is $44.4M. That’s a whole lotta domestic gross receipts, and the biggest Friday which Disney has ever had in its movie history. This will also be the studio’s biggest film weekend. But it wasn’t a single-day record: that still belongs to Spider-Man 3 which scored $59,841,919 on the Friday of its opening weekend, May 4th-May 6th. Some numbers, however, showed P3 with $57+ mil in its domestic treasure chest already, but that’s its cume to date: consisting of $14M from Thursday night showings (though Disney tallied $17M), plus $43M from Friday’s screenings (including midnight screenings of $3M). My box office gurus say P3 is projected to make between $140M-$145M for Friday-Saturday-Sunday.