Booty call: Aardman’s “The Pirates!” makes $11.4M

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” co-produced by Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation, opened in North America in a very close second place, making $11.4 million at the box office between Friday and Sunday.

Making nearly as much were three live-action films: Warner Bros. romantic drama The Lucky One with $11.3 million, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games with $11.25 million, and Universal’s romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement with $11.2 million.

Placing fourth abroad, The Pirates! Band of Misfits collected $7.8 million as it debuted in a dozen countries, drawing another $7.8 million over the weekend. Featuring the voices of Hugh Grant and Selma Hayek, the kids’ comedy reached second in the United Kingdom.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits cost about $55 million to make. The movie has been seen overseas last March and has made a total of $75.1 million abroad through Sunday.

For the second weekend in a row, romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” — also a Sony release — topped the receipts, makind $18 million in United States and Canadian ticket sales, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

Love story “The Lucky One” was third in North America, collecting $11.3 million during its second weekend in movie houses. It was distributed by Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. studio.

Third place overseas went to 3D family film Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which garnered $14.5 million in 17 countries. So far, it’s made $227.3 million around the world.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters were released by Hollywood.com. Where available. Final domestic figures are scheduled for release Monday

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