Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pirate Treasure

So the unreachable point was scaled. They said it could never be done and now it has been. Records are made to be broken I guess.

Spider-Man’s $114.8 million opening weekend was smashed to smithereens by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which brought in a massive $132 million.

A lot of people loved the first movie while I didn’t think much of it. It did ok without setting the world on fire but out there it must have developed a huge following. And to their credit they have jazzed up this version. There are more action sequences and less of wet-blanket Keira Knightley.

Make no mistake this wouldn’t be getting the box office it was getting unless it was a good movie which means having a decent plot. Nearly all the reviews are good which says something.

And how can you not love any movie which has Gareth, the only redeeming person in Love Actually and the Professor from Good Will Hunting!

Not surprisingly this cash cow hasn’t finished yet and work has already begun on the third one which will come out on May 25 next year.

Signs were good for the Pirates when it took $55.5 million last Friday which represented the biggest ever single day at the box office. Now it just about owns every record in the book including fastest film to 100-million and biggest opening day when it averaged selling about 10 tickets a second on that day.

To every winner there must be a loser and that was Superman Returns which dropped an astounding 58% from the previous week.

Think big props have to be given to Johnny Depp for much of the success. He had a bit of a lull in the mid-90s and then came back with Donnie Brasco and Chocolat. Now he is unstoppable and including the third POTC has five movies on his slate.

As for Spidey - he will be lurking in the wings and don't be surprised if he reclaims his record back next May when it opens.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this opening day talk makes me long for the Aquaman sequel .... Didnt see POTC, no interest, but I congratulate the cast. Kudos to Depp for not succumbing to the American media.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

Aquaman sequel???

9:50 PM  
Blogger Sweatshop Worker said...

Score one for Entourage! Confusing people as they go......

11:51 PM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

Yep, its all due to Johnny Dep and his amazing performance as Captain Sparrow! I thought the first movie was fun. I want to see both these moves... ah nothing like the choice of which summer blockbuster to go to... popcorn anyone?

12:36 AM  
Blogger kasamba said...

I like the way they did Johnnys eyeliner.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Anon - Well after POTC took the record from Vince, Ari will be hell bent that the Pablo Escobar movie does even better. The only way that will happen though is if we see more Lloyd.

JC - Yep. It was part of James Cameron's contract.

SW - Lol!

FG - Is the popcorn kosher or is that only if its without butter?

K - The movie was kosher enough for the whole vegetable gang to see?

8:20 AM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

shouldn't they have an Aquaman movie before they make a sequel?

Nothing in IMDB connected to James Cameron and Aquaman http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000116/

after further searching, I found out that Aquaman was a joke for the show

check this out: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000116/board/nest/44078783

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd ? In Columbia ? I dont think so .... I hear theres no Jamba Juice there, even !!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

JC - A joke? It used to have the biggest opening box office until POTC took the record away from it, but don't worry Shauna just put a press release saying that Vince doesn't care.

Anon - Lloyd in fact got his degree from Columbia and I am sure they have Jamba Juice there.

3:55 PM  

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