Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy swashbuckler films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney’s theme park ride of the same name.
Let’s see some for facts about these movies!
1. The film series started with their first release on the big screen in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which received positive reviews from the critics and grossed US$654 million worldwide.
2. After the first film’s success, Walt Disney Pictures revealed that a trilogy was in the works.
3. The franchise’s second film, subtitled Dead Man’s Chest, was released three years later in 2006.
4. The sequel proved successful, breaking financial records worldwide the day of its premiere.
5. Dead Man’s Chest ended up being the number one film of the year upon earning almost $1.1 billion to-date at the worldwide box office.
6. The third film in the series, subtitled At World’s End, followed in 2007, and Disney released a fourth film, subtitled On Stranger Tides, in 2011 in conventional 2D, Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D.
7. On Stranger Tides succeeded in also grossing more than $1 billion becoming the second film in the franchise and only the eighth film in history to achieve this.
8. So far, the film franchise has grossed $3.73 billion worldwide.
9. It is the eleventh highest-grossing film series of all-time and it was the first franchise where more than one film grossed $1 billion worldwide.
10. A fifth film, subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to be released on May 26, 2017.
11. Robert De Niro was originally offered the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. However, he turned down the role because he thought that the film would do poorly in box offices.
12. Keira Knightley was 17 during filming and her mother accompanied her to all of the shoot locations.
13. Keira Knightley admitted that she constantly had to pad her chest in order to make it appear as though there was “something there”.
14. The entire attack scene on Port Royal was shot in a single take.
15. Davy Jones’ tentacles were partially real and partially created by special effects.
16. When Orlando Bloom was filming Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Rings in 2001, he got an elvish tattoo on his right wrist. It is covered during most of the Pirates films, but is mistakenly revealed when he raises his right arm in the sword fighting scene in Curse Of The Black Pearl.
17. You can also see it later in the movie when he reaches out to grab the medallion from Elizabeth’s chest.
18. Keira Knightley felt very under-qualified for the role of Elizabeth Swann.
19. She packed as little as possible when she left to start filming because she was convinced that she would be fired within the first few days of production.
20. It took over five months and 100 craftsmen to build the cave seen in the film.
21. A real ship named Lady Washington starred as The Interceptor.
22. Johnny Depp was really steering the ship in the film.
23. Although the cursed pirates cannot be killed, they can be hurt.
24. The oars and sails on The Black Pearl pay homage to a ship belonging to Captain William Kidd.
25. During filming, Johnny Depp wore contact lenses that acted like sunglasses so he wouldn’t have to squint while facing the sun.
26. The casting of Sparrow’s fellow prisoners and pirate extras involved bringing in bikers and out of work actors into a basement at Disney.
27. They were first given real weapons, but this quickly changed to rubber weapons when people began getting hurt.
28. Out of 600 people, 10 were chosen.
29. The filmmakers made sure to include multiple nods to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland in the film.