In some countries, opening a movie during the World Cup might be a self-imposed boardwalk, but for Disney’s second high seas adventure, take their famous theme park ride (updated since to reflect the new found success), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, it felt more like an easy walk to the bank.
The sequel, which found the show’s heroes delaying a wedding and going up against Davy Jones and a Kraken, was “a juggernaut, and it’s still going,” said Exhibitor Relations Co’s Paul Dergarabedian, as it opened at 135. $.6 million, almost a third of its ultimate total gross.
“Dead Man’s Chest” was quite a treasure trove for Disney, achieving the following box office feats: highest single-day grossing, highest three-day opening in box office history ( surpassing “Spider-Man” with $135.6 million), the first film in box office history to surpass $100 million in just two days, and the fastest-grossing film in box office history. -office to surpass $300 million (in just 16 days, surpassing its predecessor, “Curse of the Black Pearl).”
For Jack Sparrow playing Johnny Depp, he took success in stride. While he told the Guardian in 2006 that Hollywood had long considered him a “box office poison”, he was glad this franchise was on its own terms.
“I was able to make all the movies I wanted to make and with all the filmmakers I wanted to work with,” he said. “For me, whether I’m playing Ed Wood or ‘Fear and Loathing’, all of these movies have commercial potential. Pirates could have easily failed. It’s still a shitty shoot.”