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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