The $285.4 million global opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales pushed the franchise’s total take above the $4 billion mark worldwide. That’s a pretty good total for a series based on a theme park attraction, one that should silence the doubters who thought a Disneyland ride would make for flimsy source material. But the results have even been surprising to Jerry Bruckheimer. One of the most prolific producers in Hollywood history, even he wasn’t sure about the sustainability of a Pirates franchise.
Given the early success of Dead Men Tell No Tales, we’d be surprised if Bruckheimer’s phone hasn’t already been ringing.