"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is the weekend's foreign box office topper. The newest blockbuster from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise managed to beat out top box office contenders in overseas openings. The fourth film in Jerry Bruckheimer's "Pirates" arsenal raked in a staggering $122.8 million this weekend alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Despite not being the opening weekend for the film's foreign dÃ©but, "On Stranger Tides" knocked competitors "The Hangover II" and "Kung Fu Panda's" foreign openings down to the second and third positions.
Worldwide box office totals show the film grossing $470.8 million thus far, crushing foreign grossing totals for the film's predecessor, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which earned $352.9 million. It seems that pirates can compete just as heavily with the growing cinematic vampire trend.
"Pirates" proves that the misadventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, made infamous by the brilliant Johnny Depp, can still capture worldwide audiences, regardless of old cast member departures and new additions, like Penelope Cruz.
"On Stranger Tides" finds staple characters, Sparrow and Barbossa, in search of the fountain of youth when they realize they're not the only ones on the same quest. Rivaling characters duke it out on-screen with thrilling sword fights and that classic pirate trickery that audiences have come to love from the franchise.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is playing in movie theaters worldwide.