I was doing Google News about the POTC movie and found this:
Pirates of the Caribbean Hope to Find Treasure at the Box Office
Betting Trends at Sportsbook.com Show Pirates beating Superman Returns
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 29 /PRNewswire/ - On July 7, Johnny Depp will
reprise his Academy Award nominated role as Captain Jack Sparrow in
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The highly anticipated
follow-up to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is
expected to draw large crowds across the U.S. during its opening weekend.
Sportsbook.com, the world's largest online sportsbook and casino, has
posted odds on the film's opening weekend U.S. gross suggesting the sequel
will surpass the success of the first Pirates.
The first Pirates movie grossed more than $305 million in the U.S. and
today, industry experts are predicting even higher box office returns for
the sequel. Casting Johnny Depp in the lead role certainly helps. Since the
start of his film career in the early 1980s, Depp's movies have grossed
over $2.5 billion worldwide. The return of heartthrobs Orlando Bloom and
Kiera Knightley alongside Depp adds to the star power of Pirates 2. The
film's director is Gore Verbinski, whose directing credits include the
first Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring.
According to the latest betting trends from Sportsbook.com, bettors are
expecting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to eclipse Superman
Returns, the season's first major release, at the box office. More than 97%
of bets have been wagered on Pirates 2 to gross more than $90 million
during its opening weekend, compared to just over 23% of bets wagered on
Superman Returns, opening today, to earn more than $89.5 million during its
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be fun to see whether Pirates 2 can beat the Man of Steel."
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- US Opening Weekend Gross 07/07/06 - 07/09/06: US$ in Millions
- Over 96.5 (-170)
- Under 96.5 (+130)
US Opening Weekend Gross - US$ in Millions
Superman Returns - $89.5 million
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $90.0 million
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Not endorsing real betting by anyone, but at BoxOfficeMojo.com they do make friendly bets among themselves.
I'm thinking POTC 2 has a great deal of public demand and good will built up behind it, after 3 years of no sequel. The down side is that so far this year audiences are not going to theaters in the droves they used to, and some preliminary reviews for POTC 2 are good to good-mixed.
Opening day: $80 million - $90 million
Opening weekend: Over $100+ million
US Domestic Gross total box office: $750 million-$850 million
Longevity at the box office, US: Three months to three and a half months