PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Becomes Highest Grossing Film Overseas in Disney History

     June 15, 2011

pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-movie-image-johnny-depp-slice-01

Here’s a bit of a weird one: despite the fact that Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides got shat on by the critics and boasted the weakest domestic opening weekend at the box office of any Pirates sequel, the movie is still breaking records for Disney. How you ask? Why foreigners, of course! The movie is a hit in North America, but it’s bringing in absolutely absurd amounts of money overseas, so much that the movie currently ranks as the fourth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. That’s right, the movie that made everyone sick of watching Johnny Depp prance around in eyeliner is now officially the most successful entry in the series.

Remember how you were hoping that crapfest would officially kill off the franchise? That ain’t happening. If anything, expect Disney to make more Pirates Of The Caribbean sequels than ever before. I guess the movie is only good with subtitles. Hit the jump for further details about this moneymaking juggernaut.

pirates-of-the-caribbean-on-stranger-tides-movie-poster-02So far Pirates 4 has brought in $211 million in North America. That’s not bad for a movie that hasn’t even been out for a month yet. But according to THR, that’s nothing. So far On Stranger Tides has brought in an absolutely insane $695.9 million dollars overseas, bringing the box office total to a ridiculous $907.4 million. It’s officially the highest grossing film internationally in the history of Disney and now ranks fourth on the all time overseas box office charts behind only Avatar ($2 billion), Titanic ($1.2 billion), and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King ($742 million). Apparently a big reason for the inflated grosses is that unlike in the US, 3D grosses have yet to see any sort of decline overseas. In countries like Russia, China, and Brazil the little plastic glasses are more popular than ever.

At this point, it’s inevitable that the grosses for On Stranger Tides (anyone figure out what that means yet?) will cross a billion dollars and it will become the biggest moneymaker of the series. Unfortunately for film fans, mediocrity doesn’t seem to be getting any less profitable. We can probably expect this to turn into the start of a second—and at least mercifully Orlando Bloom free—Pirates trilogy. There is a chance that Johnny Depp will see the light and refuse to participate in another crappy Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel (he certainly looked bored by the material onscreen), but Disney execs were willing to break salary records to get him onboard last time and it’s hard to imagine they won’t do it again. Get ready for Pirates 5: Let’s All Buy Johnny Depp His Own Private Caribbean Island in the summer of 2013.

Around The Web

Latest News

THE NIGHT BEFORE Red-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen Celebrates NSFW Christmas

Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, and Michael Shannon also star in Jonathan Levine's new comedy.

New SICARIO Trailer Ratchets Up the Tension

'Sicario' will make its U.S./North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

Jeff Nichols’ Sci-Fi Film MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Pushed to 2016

Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver lead the original story, which was initially set for release this November.

First Images for Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA and DEMOLITION Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Kaufman makes his stop-motion animation debut, while Gyllenhaal fronts an intense drama from the director of 'Dallas Buyers Club'.

TIFF 2015 Lineup Includes THE MARTIAN, SICARIO, THE DANISH GIRL, and More

Ridley Scott's sci-fi film will world premiere in Toronto along with a new documentary from Michael Moore, the Bryan Cranston-fronted 'Trumbo', and more.

Tig Notaro, Eugene Mirman Lead FUN FUN FUN FEST Lineup

The Austin, TX festival kicks off in November.

FANTASTIC FOUR Trailer Mashup Wonderfully Blends New Film with Roger Corman’s Movie

I want to see this film.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Jesse Eisenberg Goes Full Silicon Valley in New Images

The titular heroes get their brood on while Lex lives it up on his personal basketball court.

Ryan Reynolds Is Unmasked in New DEADPOOL Images

The Merc with a Mouth wasn't always so red.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DC Entertainment Confirms Tao Okamoto’s Role

She is who you think she is.

Page 1 of 4,06212345...102030...Last »