Coming out on top. The fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series drew a five-day overseas gross of $256.3 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, making it the biggest-grossing offshore debut of all time. The previous record was held by the sixth Harry Potter film. The monumental offshore numbers made up for the fact that its North America gross was $90.1 million -- making it the only Pirates film to make less than $100 million domestically. It was also the worst reviewed (though reviews for the franchise have been steadily declining, and everyone's getting too rich to care). Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly reviewed that "It's one real act of piracy is stealing away your excitement." And Tom Long at Detroit News reviewed, "It's never quite clear what the relationship between Jack [Johnny Depp] and Angelica [Penelope Cruz] is." Judging from their pictures, we'd guess: twins.
Woody Allen also set a career record with Midnight in Paris, which opened in six theaters in Los Angeles and New York to a per-location average of $96,468 — the best per-theater average in months. And unlike Pirates, Midnight can thank reviews for its windfall: even Allen skeptics like Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times reviewed it as the director's "best, most enjoyable work in years."