Equally astonishing as its domestic debut, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest reportedly broke records in many overseas markets. (In order to avoid having to compete with the World Cup finals, the opening was delayed in most European and Latin American markets.) The film took in $46.6 million in seven countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K. and Uruguay. In Britain, despite the avid interest in the soccer matches in that country, the film earned $25 million, more than any other film this year. Meanwhile the Chinese tabloid Beijing News reported Friday that the State Film Bureau, which oversees the content of all films shown on the mainland, has rejected Pirates on the grounds of supernatural content, including scenes in which souls of the dead are depicted, a character appears with an "octopus face," and a scene depicting cannibalism.




10/07/2006