I hear that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is setting records for “biggest opening weekend.”
I read a scathing review in which the reviewer essentially said that by making this film a set-up for a sequel, Disney was just in it for the gold.
Well… DUH. Of course filmmakers want to make money. And if they can make more by providing us with a thoroughly enjoyable film that has a sequel coming, I say “more power to them.” It’s not as if the filmmakers want to make money without having to go to the trouble of making a good movie. The characteristics of “quality” and “profitability” are not mutually exclusive.
Bruckheimer said that he was shooting for around $70 million for an opening weekend — up about 75% from the first film’s $43 million. The $140 million it is estimated to have made this weekend exceeds his expectations, and the expectations of the industry watchers who were predicting around $110 million, IIRC.
What does all that mean? Well, if you’ve got a stake in Disney’s “Pirate’s” franchise, it means “drink up, me hearties, yo-ho!”
And I’m fine with that.