With the recent news surrounding 2015's filling slate and most of the discussion revolving around the Avengers, Star Wars, and Superman vs. Batman (temporarily referred to as Man of Steel 2) flicks, there is still another major franchise that deserves some attention. After all, two of its four films grossed over $1 billion each at the global box office (with the third not far short of it).
That series is Pirates of the Caribbean. And since Johnny Depp has made it clear that he loves playing the character enough to continue ahead with sequels for the foreseeable future, it would take some serious box office disaster to prevent us from seeing at least one or two morePirates sequels in the years after 2015. Cash cows, after all, are nothing if not consistent.
Fans of the franchise have been vocal about their disappointment with the last two films (At World's End and On Stranger Tides), and they showed it at the box office. The fourth film, 2011's Tides, declined 22 percent and nearly 40 percent from the domestic gross and estimated tickets sold, respectively, of 2007's World's End. To be fair, overseas revenue jumped 22 percent with market expansion and 3D surcharges playing a significant hand in that surge. Even internationally, Tides still sold fewer tickets than 2006's Dead Man's Chest--which was only the third movie to ever reach $1 billion in total.
But, at the end of the day, $1 billion is $1 billion and it's hard to downplay that too much. Foreign audiences are clearly more along for the continuing Captain Jack ride than North American audiences are right now, but that's something Disney has an opportunity to work on. How can they do it?
They've already taken the first step in the right direction... (more)
Edited by ShawnMR, 24 July 2013 - 11:20 AM.