Buena Vista Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest continued to break records, and Sony Pictures' Monster House surpassed expectations with its estimated $23 million opening, according to The Hollywood Reporter. However, the same can't be said for Warner Bros. Pictures' release of M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, which grossed an estimated $18.2 million, or 20th Century Fox's My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which came in at an estimated $8.7 million. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith's loyal fans turned out in abundance, as his irreverent sequel Clerks II grossed $9.6 million. Overall, the top 12 movies earned an estimated $143.2 million, an extremely healthy 10.8% increase compared with the same weekend last year. The variety of films offered seemed to draw audiences in droves.

In virtual vacuum-cleaner fashion, Walt Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest drew the bulk of international business during the weekend, garnering an estimated $62 million from 5,100 screens in 35 territories. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest grossed nearly four times the weekend tally of the No. 2 film, Warner Bros. International's Superman Returns, which pulled an estimated $16.3 million from 5,900 screens in 40 markets. In just three weekends of overseas release -- and with about 40% of the overseas market yet to play - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has tallied $217 million, nearly double Superman's international cume (an estimated $110 million) compiled through four weekends.

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Brian B.