Somehow, this movie that everyone thought was needless and pointless and they didn't really care for has ended up on the Top Ten List of World Wide Grosses. It knocked down Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 out of the top ten and, at the rate it's going, should move up to number #8 within a week or so. That will put it over the first Harry Potter film and the third Pirates film.
Johnny Depp now has the starring role in four of the biggest money making films of all time, world wide. These consist of Pirates 2, 3 and 4 and Alice in Wonderland.
I'm kinda amazed by this. Yeah, Johnny Depp is a big star and all... but really? The guy got his start in films by getting killed in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Before Sleepy Hollow, his films didn't make tons of money, in fact, before Sleepy Hollow he only had one film to make over $100 million at the domestic box office and that was Platoon... in 1986!
I don't think it's Johnny Depp as an actor but rather the franchise as a whole. Ever since the second Pirates film was such a huge success these things are untouchable as long as the spectacle is still there. People go to see these films because they know the characters, they know the world, and they know they will see cool costumes and special effects. Of course, having a guy like Johhny Depp who can portray a character effectively and consistently is a huge plus. Unless pirates suddenly become unpopular (unlikely) or the studio takes a chance with a director who tries to 'shake things up' in the wrong way, I can see more Pirates films being made and billions more dollars being made.
Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
The Pirates movies do well because they're live-action adventure movies that are suitable for the whole family. It really recaptures the sense of fun that I think is very evident in franchises like Back to the Future, or Indiana Jones, or even Star Wars (original trilogy, at least). That doesn't mean they're all great films and I would expect the quality to decrease as they go on (I thought the third was fairly weak and haven't seen this last one). But they're the only game in town in that sort of family-friendly-without-being-adult-repelling vein.
Beyond the families going to see the film, it's also the rare summer blockbuster franchise that get women out to see it. Given a choice between Pirates, Transformers, or various superhero movies, the vast majority of women will choose Pirates because....well, ladies dig Johnny Depp.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
The World Wide gross tends to throw things off a bit. I just can't believe Phantom Menace is the highest grossing Star Wars film since the special editions were supposed to count. The cash is real and all, but I view tickets sold as the real winner. Sadly, last time I checked it was Gone with the Wind. I fucking hate Gone with the Wind.
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