In case we didn’t have enough examples over the last several years, I present you with the reason why franchises should not overstay their welcome.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides disappoints on all levels, taking away all the magic of the original three films and replacing it with redundancies, a broken plot and an immediately forgettable story.
It seemed only fitting that one of the top grossing and most beloved series to ever come out of the Disney Studios, Pirates of the Caribbean would kick off the summer season. With so much excitement and hype, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides proved the brand’s continued popularity and money making ability, yet for any serious Pirates fan, On Stranger Tides remains a bit of a disappointment.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened to a lackluster box office draw, falling short of expectations on its first weekend. However, several realeases managed to keep pace, resulting in a good overall weekend for the box office.
Here are the numbers from the weekend, with the crew’s take after the break:
1.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $90.1 Million
2.) Bridesmaids – $21.1 Million
3.) Thor – $15.5 Million
4.) Fast Five – $10.6 Million
5.) Rio – $4.7 Million
6.) Priest – $4.6 Million
7.)Jumping the Broom – $3.7 Million
8.) Something Borrowed – $3.4 Million
9.) Water for Elephants – $2.2 Million
10.) Madea’s Big Happy Family – $1.0 Million
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl hit theaters in July of 2003. In a summer full of hotly anticipated titles such as Finding Nemo, The Hulk and X2: X-MenUnited, POTC sneaked under the radar and took the summer by storm. The start of the multi-million dollar franchise, POTC: COBP is a great standalone film, and the best film in the series.
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Whether you think it’s a good decision or a terrible mistake bound for failure, it is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
Pirates 4 is on the horizon.
The first installment without Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides debuted its first official trailer on Tuesday. You can see it here, with Bryan’s take after the break.