The third-biggest worldwide box office smash of all time?!?! Really?

“Pirates” hits $960 million at global box office
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ruled the foreign box office for an eighth weekend, grossing an estimated $17.8 million from 48 territories.
Disney’s seafaring sequel has now earned $554.7 million internationally; including its North American haul, the global total stands at $962.3 million.
Disney expects the title to surpass within a week the global gross of 2001’s ” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” ($976.5 million), which would make “Dead Man’s Chest” the third-biggest worldwide box office smash of all time.
The latest box office infusion included openings in Greece (an industry record of $2.6 million) and, of all markets, Lebanon (a Disney record of $100,000).
Holdovers continued mightily: $3.2 million in France (market total: $42.8 million); $2.3 million in Germany (market total: $55.5 million); $2.1 million in Spain, No. 1 for a third consecutive weekend (market total: $30.3 million); and $2.2 million in Japan (market total: $74 million).
In the U.K., where “Dead Man’s Chest” has played for two months, the weekend gross estimate was $1.1 million, enough to qualify for the No. 3 slot with a market total of $91.5 million. Its next big opening is September 13 in Italy.
Thanks to No. 1 openings in Germany and Austria, “Miami Vice” claimed the second spot overall for the weekend with an estimated $11.4 million from 38 markets, raising its overseas total to $52 million.
In Germany, the Michael Mann actioner took 30% of the market with $4 million. In France, “Vice” emerged in the No. 1 spot in its second weekend with $2.1 million for a 12-day total of $7.4 million. The film opens the all-important Japan market this weekend and has been approved for a mid-October opening in China.
“Cars” finished at No. 3 for the weekend, yielding $9.6 million from 35 territories and lifting its overseas total to $157.6 million. No. 1 openings in Italy ($5.2 million, the fourth-biggest market opening for an animated film), China (a solid $1.2 million, a market record for an animation title) and Norway accounted for much of the action. Openings in Sweden and Denmark are scheduled for this weekend.
In fourth place for the weekend was “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” which pulled an estimated $7.2 million from 20 markets. Its overseas total stands at $77.6 million.
At No. 5 was “Monster House,” which generated an estimated $5.8 million from 24 markets for an overseas total of $29.1 million.
Among foreign totals: “Lady in the Water,” $10 million; “You, Me and Dupree,” $13 million; “Superman Returns,” $173 million; “The Break-Up,” $67 million; “United 93,” $28 million; “Click,” $30.3 million; “Over the Hedge,” $154.5 million; “Mission: Impossible III,” $261.1 million; “Nacho Libre,” $11 million; “Lake House,” $44 million; “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” $83.5 million; and “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” and “The Sentinel,” both at $13.6 million.