Pirates beats X3′s Memorial Day record, but can’t match Spidey 3
USA Today reports that the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, At World’s End, took in more than $156 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend:
Pirates fell short of Spider-Man 3′s record opening —Spider-Man took in $151 million in its first three days, and Pirates earned $115.1 million — but Pirates still set the Memorial Day weekend record by eclipsing last year’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which opened to $122.9 million. Worldwide, Pirates has taken in $401 million.
My quick, spoiler-free review: The first half of the movie is slow and, quite frankly, kind of sucks. The second half gets a heck of a lot better.
More thoughts that may contain spoilers: I also think this was the perfect movie to open on this Memorial Day weekend, of all weekends, as I think you can draw some parallels between the structures of the second and third Pirates movies to Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In part two, the rapscallion hero is taken out, while part three is a film divided … the first half is about his friends rescuing him, the second half is the big final battle. Add in another hero with daddy issues, and shake thoroughly.
Heroes spoilers for season two
Season one isn’t even cold yet, and already TV Squad has spoilers up for season two of Heroes. The spoilers don’t really go into that much detail about all the characters we’ve come to love; in fact, they’re mostly about characters who haven’t even been introduced yet. But still, read’em at your own risk.
24: Day Zero
FOX and Degree deodorant have teamed up to bring Jack Bauer to the web in all his animated glory. Check out degreemen.com to watch a mini-adventure featuring Jack Bauer before the events of the TV series’ first season.