Holy macaroni, movie geeks! I know I told you that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was a huge ball of summertime fun -- but I didn't expect you all to run out and see it on opening day! The long-awaited and VERY entertaining Pirates2 managed to absolutely smash the holy hell of out of the previous opening day record ... and it did so by about five million bucks!

According to the always reliable BOM, the previous one-day record-holder was a black & white Croatian indie flick entitled Revenge of the Sith, which made $50 million on May 19th, 2005. Today we have a new record holder; Gore Verbinski's piratical follow-up made an estimated $55.5 million on opening day ... and that's a whole lotta treasure, folks. (I guess it's too late to get a good HSX deal for next May's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.)

I share this news mainly because it's always interesting when a new record is demolished, but also because I saw the sequel for a second time last night, and my affection for the flick has grown even stronger. (People actually applauded when the movie was over, and that sort of thing just doesn't usually happen in Philadelphia. We're all cynical and stuff.) Anyway, the record for biggest Friday - Sunday opening weekend is held by the first Spider-Man entry with $114 million; I suspect our favorite webslinger might end up in second place by the end of the weekend.

So after 30-plus years of "pirates movies not being profitable," the worm has turned. With a vengeance. (And all mostly because of Johnny Depp.)

In other news, Superman Returns' ten-day total is about $127 million.