In some countries, opening a movie during the World Cup might be a self-imposed walk on the plank, but for Disney’s second high seas adventure, take on their famous theme park ride (now updated to reflect newfound success), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” it was more of an easy walk to the bank.
The sequel, which saw the series’ heroes delay a wedding and square off against Davy Jones and a kraken, was “a juggernaut and it just keeps going,” said Paul Dergarabedian of Exhibitor Relations Co when it opened at US$135.6 million. Dollar opened, nearly a third of its final total gross.
Dead Man’s Chest was quite a treasure for Disney, achieving the following performances at the box office: highest one-day gross, highest three-day opening in box office history (passing Spider-Man at $135.6 million ), which became the first film in box office history to surpass $100 million in just two days and the fastest film in box office history to surpass $300 million ( in just 16 days, surpassing its predecessor “Curse of the Black Pearl”).
For Jack Sparrow’s portrayal of Johnny Depp, he accepted the success. While he told The Guardian in 2006 that Hollywood had long considered him a “box office poison,” he was glad this franchise came on its own terms.
“I could do every single film I wanted to do and with every filmmaker I wanted to work with,” he said. “For me, all of these films, whether I’m playing Ed Wood or ‘Fear and Loathing,’ have commercial potential. Pirates could easily have failed.