August 10 2013

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – Why the Series Continues

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

After the critical slamming that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides took, and the low box office results in the U.S., you might wonder why a fifth film is in the works. As much as it may surprise you, there’s still a lot of money to be had out there for this series.

Someone recently reached out to me about running their infographic and report that showed how he could predict how every film series does worse with each additional entry. It took about two seconds of research to show how wrong he was, but as his focus was on the Pirates films it made me take a closer look at how the series had actually done, and there were some interesting information buried in there.

Domestic Box Office
International Box Office
The Curse of the Black Pearl$305,413,918$348,850,097$654,264,015
Dead Man’s Chest$423,315,812$642,863,913$1,066,179,725
At World’s End$309,420,425$654,000,000$963,420,425
On Stranger Tides$241,071,802$802,800,000$1,043,871,802

As you can see from the chart, the domestic box office has indeed been dropping, but take a look at the international receipts.  It would seem the rest of the world seems to have missed the memo on how they should stop watching this series. Each film has done better than the previous one globally, and it shows us why not only this series is getting a fifth film in 2015, but that also the global marketplace is just continuing to become that much more important to the film industry.

Can we predict what the results will be for the fifth film? Doubtful as we’ve seen instances where a movie like Fast Five becomes the highest grossing film in a series… that was until Fast & Furious 6 came out.

While I don’t expect great things from Pirates of the Caribbean 5 story wise, I have a feeling it’s still going to take in more money than most films out there.

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