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''Pirates of the Caribbean'' sets video sales record. The Johnny Depp adventure moves 11 million units its first week, more than any live-action movie ever

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, ... | MERRY TREASURE Depp and costar Orlando Bloom watch the money pile up
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MERRY TREASURE Depp and costar Orlando Bloom watch the money pile up

''Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'' continues to be everyone's favorite aarrrgh-rated movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Johnny Depp adventure sold 11 million DVDs and VHS tapes during the film's first week on home video, setting a record for a live-action movie. (The previous live-action first-week record belonged to another equally unlikely action hero, Tobey Maguire, whose ''Spider-Man'' sold 10 million copies during its first week in stores in 2002.) ''Pirates'' plundered an estimated $240 million in sales and rentals, Disney announced. Add to that its treasure chest the $304 million it already earned at the box office, and you have to wonder about the entertainment industry's stand against piracy now.

Originally posted Dec 10, 2003