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Pirates hijack global box office with record-breaking gross

The fourth installment of the hit franchise debuted with an international gross of $346.4 million (£216.5 million) over the weekend (20-22May11), making it the world’s biggest debut ever.

And film fans are still rushing to see the latest swashbuckling sequel – the film had surpassed $415 million (£259.4 million) globally by Tuesday (24May11), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On Stranger Tides beats the 2009 global opening record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($236 million/£148 million) in 2009.

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