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'Pirates' is box office gold

The fourth installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series captured $90 million in box office treasures as Jack Sparrow's latest adventure debuted at number one, figures showed Monday.

In "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Johnny Depp's character looks to get "savvy" with the Fountain of Youth. Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane co-star in the Disney romp, which has earned mixed reviews from critics.

The $90.2 million North American take was enough to knock "Thor" off its throne, according to full weekend figures from industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The surprise hit "Bridesmaids" held onto the second spot, grossing $20.9 million in its second week. The comedy about an oddball group of women preparing for their wedding day supporting roles has earned $59.3 million total.

After two weeks on top, "Thor," starring Chris Hemsworth as the epic hero banished to Earth from the mystical world of Asgard, slipped to third, earning $15.5 million and raising its three-week total to $145.4 million.

"Fast Five" kept its engine revving by picking up $10.6 million. The fifth volume in the high-speed car chase series, which added action star Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson this time around, has grossed $186.2 million in a month.

In the fifth spot was horror flick "Priest" starring Paul Bettany on the hunt for vampires who kidnapped his niece, which grossed $4.8 million in its second week.

Family-friendly tropical bird comedy "Rio" took $4.7 million for a total of just over $131 million over its six-week run, in sixth place.

"Jumping the Broom," about two African-American families meeting for a wedding, earned $3.7 million, slipping one spot to seventh.

Next was romantic comedy "Something Borrowed" with $3.5 million, followed by Depression-era romance "Water for Elephants" with $2.2 million. Rounding out the top 10 was "Madea's Big Happy Family," which took in just under $1 million.