Saturday, July 08, 2006


Betting the Ship!

It was an unlikely concept to begin with -- the latest in a growing list of movies based on rides! But when Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl opened it not only became a boxoffice phenomenon, it earned Johnny Depp an Oscar nomination (for his creation of Captain Jack Sparrow), and the stage for a highly anticipated sequel. Now, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest makes no bones about it. It EXPECTS to be a hit. And not only a hit, but a blockbuster. The film doesn't conclude so much as it stops (which reminded me of The Empire Strikes Back.) The third Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed concurrently with part two. Having just set a new record for opening weekend boxoffice -- an astounding $132 million in three days -- and no slow down in sight, Dead Man's Chest could easily make it all the way to the top ten of all time! Depp has always been a great actor, Pirates has now made him a superstar! Who would have expected all this from a movie based on a ride?

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