Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the worst performing movie of the franchise in the US, having just reached $220 million when the next lowest performer The Curse of the Black Pearl is way ahead at $305 million.
That doesn’t matter though, not when you have the rest of the world literally throwing money into Disney’s pocket. As of today it’s international gross stands at $735.2 million, and it’s just $7 million away from surpassing The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King to become the third highest-grossing movie ever overseas behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic. I blame 3D.
Johnny Depp’s fourth outing now sits at $956.8 million worldwide, and has taken Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1‘s spot as the 10th highest grossing movie of all time (without taking inflation into account). At its current rate On Stranger Tides could very well cross the $1 billion mark and end up at #7 or #8 on the all time list.
Here’s the all-time list as it stands today:
1. Avatar – $2.7B
2. Titanic – $1.9B
3. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – $1.1B
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $1.066B
5. Toy Story 3 – $1.063B
6. Alice in Wonderland – $1.02B
7. The Dark Knight – $1B
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – $974M
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – $963M
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $956M
Out of the 10, Disney produced 5 of them. This success pretty much guarantees that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will happen at some point over the next 3-4 years whether US audiences are interested or not.