The high seasadventures continued for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest as it plundered an estimated $62.2m to raise the10-day tally to a staggering $258.2m.
Buena Vista's adventure sequel mustered the third biggest second weekend inhistory behind Shrek 2's $72.2mand Spider-Man's $71.4m,and stayed top ahead of the new comedies Little Man and You, Me And Dupree.
Johnny Depp and friends breezed past $200m on a record equalling eighth day and crossed $250m on the tenth day. Now the biggest domestic performer of the year to date, Pirates 2 will surely smash through $300m in fewer than 17 days, which is the current mark set by Star Wars: Episode III, en route to passing the original's $305mfinal tally.
Sony's comedy Little Man starringMarlan and Shawn Wayans opened to abysmal reviews in second place on $21.7m.Behind by a whisker on $21.3m was Universal's comedy You, Me And Dupree, which stars Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and MattDillon and also elicited poor write-ups.
The only other new entry was Warner Independent Pictures' Philip K Dickadaptation A Scanner Darkly,which climbed nine places to 10th in its second weekend on $1.2m for$1.8m.
Elsewhere it was all about consolidation. Warner Bros' Superman Returns ranks fourth on $163.6m after three weekends; Fox's TheDevil Wears Prada stands in fifthplace on $83.6m after three; Buena Vista/Pixar's Cars ranks sixth on $219.7m after six; and Sony's Click is seventh on $119.7m after four.
Overall box office fell short of the same period last year for the first timein a couple of months, as the top 12 combined titles dipped 5% on $156m.
Next weekend's wide releases are Fox's comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend starring Uma Thurman and Luke Wilson; MGM's comedysequel Clerks 2 from Kevin Smith;Sony's animated feature Monster House with vocal work by Steve Buscemi; and Warner Bros' M Night Shyamalanmystery Lady In The Water, whichstars Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Estimated Top Ten North America Jul 14-16, 2006
Film (Distributor)/Internationaldistribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Pirates Of The Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest (Buena Vista) BVI $62.2m$258.2m
2 (-) Little Man (Sony) SPRI$21.7m -
3 (-) You, Me And Dupree (Universal)UIP $21.3m -
4 (2) Superman Returns (WarnerBros) WBPI $11.6m $163.6m
5 (3) The Devil Wears Prada (Fox)Fox Int'l $10.5m $83.6m
6 (5) Cars (Buena Vista/Pixar)BVI $7.5m $219.7m
7 (4) Click (Sony) SPRI $7m$119.7m
8 (7) The Lake House (WarnerBros) WBPI/Village Roadshow $1.6m $48.9m
9 (6) Nacho Libre (Paramount) UIP$1.5m $77.1m
10 (19) A Scanner Darkly (WarnerIndependent Pictures) WBPI $1.2m $1.8m