Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Producer:- Jerry Bruckheimer
Music by:- Geoff Zanelli
Leigh Folsom Boyd
May 11, 2017 (Shanghai)
May 26, 2017(United States)
Country:- United States
Budget:- $230 Million
Box office:- $735.7 Million
Two years following the post-credits scene of At World’s End, 12-year old Henry Turner boards the Flying Dutchman to inform his father, Will Turner, that the mythical Trident of Poseidon is able to break his curse and free him from his ship, and of his intent to seek Jack Sparrow‘s help to find it. Will does not believe the Trident exists and orders Henry to leave his ship and never come back.
Nine years later (and five after the events of On Stranger Tides), Henry works on a British Royal Navy warship. While chasing a pirate ship, Henry realizes they are sailing into the Devil’s Triangle. The captain dismisses his concerns and has Henry locked up for attempting mutiny. Upon entering the Triangle, they come across a shipwreck, and are attacked by Captain Salazar and his undead crew, who slaughter everyone on board except Henry. Salazar sees that Henry is searching for Jack, and asks him to tell Jack that death is coming his way.
In Saint Martin, a young woman named Carina Smyth has been sentenced to death for witchcraft because of her knowledge of astronomy and horology. She escapes her cell and briefly runs into Jack, who is fleeing with his crew with a vault from a bank they have just robbed. Jack and his crew evade the British Army, but realize the vault they stole is empty; Jack’s crew abandons him for letting them down. Carina later meets Henry, who is awaiting execution for his actions aboard the ship, and says she knows of a way to find the Trident. Carina helps him escape, but is caught by the British Army.
Disheartened after losing his crew, Jack goes to a local tavern and gives away his compass to pay for his drink. By forsaking the compass, however, he unwittingly unleashes Salazar and his crew from the Devil’s Triangle. Shortly after, Jack is caught by the British Army. As he and Carina are about to be executed, Henry helps them escape with help from Jack’s crew, and together they sail away on Jack’s ship, the Dying Gull. Carina reveals a map that will lead them to the Trident, and reluctantly decides to team up with Henry and Jack in order to achieve their goals. While searching for Jack, Salazar and his crew roam the seas and destroy ships in Captain Barbossa‘s fleet. Barbossa meets with Salazar and offers to help find Jack in exchange for sparing his fleet. Salazar explains to Barbossa that he and his crew once sailed the seas hunting and killing pirates, and had nearly cleansed the seas of piracy before they ran into a young Jack Sparrow, who tricked them into sailing into the Devil’s Triangle, where Salazar and his crew were cursed to remain undead.
When Salazar’s ship finds the Dying Gull, Jack, Henry and Carina escape on a rowboat while the crew remains on board to cause a distraction. Salazar and his crew chase Jack, but upon arriving at a small island, Jack realizes Salazar’s ghost crew can’t step on land. Barbossa arrives at the island and allies with Jack, restoring the Black Pearl, which had been trapped in a bottle in Jack’s possession, to its original size. With Jack’s compass, which he obtained from the sea-witch Shansa, Barbossa takes command of the ship and lets Carina navigate them to the island. During the trip, Jack and Barbossa realize that Carina is Barbossa’s long lost daughter. Barbossa tells Jack that he left her at an orphanage with his diary to make sure she lived a better life, never imagining that he would see her again.
The Pearl narrowly escapes a British Navy warship, which is destroyed by Salazar’s ship. Jack and Salazar’s crews clash. Meanwhile, Jack and Carina manage to activate the island’s magic, which parts the ocean to reveal a hidden path along the ocean floor. Salazar captures Henry and possesses his body to pursue them. Jack and Carina locate the trident, but Salazar intervenes, fighting Jack and seizing the Trident. Henry, now free of Salazar, realizes that destroying the Trident will break all curses upon the sea and shatters it, returning Salazar and his crew to life. As the divided sea slowly caves in, the Pearl attempts to rescue Jack, Henry, Carina, and Barbossa, lowering the ship’s anchor into the narrowing trench to pull them to safety, but—still intent on killing Jack—Salazar grabs the anchor as well. Carina notices a tattoo on Barbossa’s arm, matching the cover of her diary, and realizes that he is her father. After proclaiming his love for her, Barbossa sacrifices himself to take down Salazar and his crew and save Carina and the others. Following Barbossa’s death, Carina changes her last name to Barbossa.
Some time later, Henry is joined by Carina, as they watch his father finally set foot on land again, no longer bound to the Flying Dutchman. As Henry and Carina kiss, Will is reunited with his wife Elizabeth. Watching from the deck of the Pearl, Jack sails away with his crew, opening up his mystical compass to reveal their next heading.
In a post-credits scene, Will and Elizabeth are asleep when their bedroom is entered by the silhouette of an apparently resurrected Davy Jones. Just as Jones raises his clawed to strike at the couple, Will awakens and assumes this to be a nightmare, oblivious to the presence of barnacles on the floor amid a small puddle of seawater.
- Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow: The eccentric but noble pirate captain of the Black Pearl on the hunt for the Trident of Poseidon, which bestows control over the seas. In the film, according to director Joachim Rønning, Jack has “lost his mojo; he can’t even be on the water”. Rønning stated that Sparrow’s role in the film mirrors his role in the original: “it was important to go back to the same dynamic that the first film had where Jack is not the main character. I wanted a story about real people, real characters – and then Jack Sparrow comes in and crashes the party every now and then”, and called Depp “a comedic genius, he has a comedic timing that I’ve never seen in anyone”. The film goes into the backstory of Sparrow and used CGI to de-age Depp, which co-director Rønning believed was tricky in terms of “trying to give him a backstory and still honour the mythology of the franchise”. Anthony De La Torre portrays a younger Jack Sparrow.
- Javier Bardem as Captain Armando Salazar: A powerful and maniacal undead pirate hunter of the Spanish Navy who was trapped in the Devil’s Triangle. After escaping, he seeks the Trident of Poseidon to wipe out all piracy and exact revenge on his old enemy, Captain Jack Sparrow. Bardem set out to imbue the character with “a rage based on dented pride”, comparing the character to “a wounded bull”, owing to his spectacular fall from grace, going from a high ranking commander of a Spanish fleet to being betrayed and trapped in hell by Sparrow, who Bardem says is the reason for Salazar “holding that revenge in his body for eternity”. It took three hours a day to apply the make-up to Bardem’s face, with Bardem referring to the process as having “cold chicken breasts” glued to his face.
- Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner: The son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann-Turner, who tries to reconnect with his father. He struggles to break a curse that is preventing him from doing so. The directors were keen to draft a new protagonist relationship, different to the two relationships explored in On Stranger Tides, with Henry and Carina, stating that “in the middle of a big action scene, you need to be able to lean on the characters and find the heart of that story, and channel the characters’ vulnerability”. Rønning noted that identity is a major theme in the film and to Henry and Carina’s story arc: “they are on a similar quest and find common ground in looking for who they are”. Lewis McGowan portrays a young Henry.
- Kaya Scodelario as Carina Barbossa (née Smyth): A strong, altruistic astronomer. Scodelario explained the character’s motivation and role saying, “she is an academic, she’s fighting for the right to study at university because women couldn’t at that time. So she’s on her own journey – looking for the trident of Poseidon – and she has a diary with clues.” She discussed the difference between Carina and Elizabeth Swann, believing that she was not just a carbon copy of that character. For the directors, it was important to “modernise it with Henry and Carina, Kaya, especially brought that with her. She’s a modern woman.” Scodelario worked with Nathanson to ensure the character was unique to the series and prevent her from being a “Mary Sue archetype”, saying that “she’s got her flaws…that’s such an important thing to include when building a character, especially female characters, who often fall into two camps; they are either pretty and perfectly put together or completely insane. Carina has definitely got a little bit of both.”
- Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa: The one-legged pirate captain of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, former captain of the Black Pearl, and Captain Jack’s former rival-turned-ally. In the film, Barbossa has become extremely wealthy since the previous film, with Rush referring to him as a “corporate pirate”, having amassed a fleet of ships under his command and encrusted his peg-leg with jewels.
- David Wenham as Lieutenant John Scarfield: the second antagonist of the film and a British Royal Navy officer, who commands the HMS Essex.
- Stephen Graham as Scrum: a member of Jack Sparrow’s crew and former member of Blackbeard‘s crew.
- Orlando Bloom as Captain William “Will” Turner, Jr.: a blacksmith-turned-pirate, who was transformed into the Captain of the Flying Dutchman at the end of At World’s End. Speaking about his possible return to the franchise, Bloom stated that he would love to portray a character outside of his usual role types as a good-looking hero: “Of course, I’m Davy Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean. It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling ’round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me. [Gestures to his face] Get all gnarly.”
- Giles New and Angus Barnett as Murtogg and Mullroy: Former Royal Marines turned pirates, who serve as Barbossa’s right-hand men on board the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Additionally, Keira Knightley reprises her role in the film series as Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner’s wife, and Henry’s mother. Adam Brown, Danny Kirrane, and Delroy Atkinson appear as members of Jack’s crew. In the prison scene, Paul McCartney appears briefly as Jack’s paternal uncle, Uncle Jack. Alexander Scheer plays a young Captain Edward Teague in a flashback sequence, while Keith Richards‘ likeness (as Jack’s father) was also used. A silhouette of Davy Jones, one of the series’ former villains, was seen in the post-credits scene, but any actor was credited for this appearance. Pablo and Chiquita reprised their role as Jack the Monkey.
For the first time in the series since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (which he co-wrote with Klaus Badelt), Hans Zimmer is not composing the music for the film. Instead, one of his protégés, Geoff Zanelli, who worked on all previous four installments in the franchise, is the main composer for the film. Zanelli said of taking over from Zimmer as composer for the series, “What Hans did for the Pirates movies redefined the sound of the entire genre, it has been very fulfilling to work alongside him and [producer] Jerry [Bruckheimer] on the past four films. Dead Men Tell No Tales enlarges the Pirates universe with many new, unique elements, and I’m building a distinctive sound for this film that springboards off of many years of collaborating in the Pirates world.” The film’s soundtrack was released on May 26, 2017.
In May 2017, the film was allegedly stolen by a group of piracy hackers, who demanded a large sum of money from Disney in order for them not to distribute the unreleased film. The company refused to do so and worked with the FBI in order to get the identity of the group.
As of July 9, 2017, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has grossed $169.2 million in the United States and Canada and $565.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $735.2 million, against a production budget of $230 million. The film had a worldwide opening of $271.4 million from 55 markets, with $24 million coming from 1,088 IMAX screens. The film’s six-day opening gross pushed the franchise gross past the $4 billion mark. Despite weak domestic totals, Deadline.com noted the film should turn a net profit of around $280 million after factoring together all expenses and revenues.
It passed $500 million in ticket sales worldwide on its second weekend which critics compared it to X-Men: Days of Future Past which also topped $500 million at the end of its second weekend after a Memorial Day weekend launch.
In April 2017, early projections had the film grossing $115 million over its four-day Memorial Day opening weekend. In early May, projections were adjusted to $90–100 million, which was again lowered down to $80–85 million, with a chance of hitting $100 million, by the week of its release. It was released in 4,276 theaters, of which over 3,100 were 3D, including 400 IMAX locations, over 500 Premium Large Format locations, 170 D-Box locations, 10 4D auditoriums and three venues featuring the ScreenX three-screen format. It opened Friday, May 26, 2017, and earned $23.4 million on its opening day, including $5.5 million it made from Thursday night previews. Its opening day was the lowest of the franchise. In total, it grossed $63 million over three days, and $78.5 million over four (Friday-Monday), finishing first at the box office ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and fellow newcomer Baywatch. On a three-day basis, the film did 31% less than On Stranger Tides did over its first three days in 2011, after adjusting for inflation, and on a four-day-basis, it’s down 34% from At World’s End and overall is the second smallest debut of the franchise after the first film. Despite the film registering the highest test score in the series’ history, the opening came in well below initial expectations, which was attributed to various reasons, such as Johnny Depp‘s diminishing returns and his depreciating public image amid his personal problems, the wave of negative reviews from critics (mainly on Rotten Tomatoes), franchise fatigue and the problem of Memorial Day weekend failing to attract considerable moviegoers in the past years. However, although the film’s opening was below predictions, it wasn’t considered a fatal failure and was better than Disney has had for its last few Memorial Day releases (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Tomorrowland and Alice Through the Looking Glass). Studio executives said they were pleased with the movie’s opening, both domestically and abroad. Its opening further helped Disney push past $1 billion domestically to record the second-fastest time a studio has reached the mark domestically, second only to Disney’s own record from 2016 when the studio surpassed $1 billion in early May.
After dropping by 73% on its second Friday, the worst Friday-to-Friday drop in the series, the film fell by a total of 65% in its second weekend, also the worst of the series, grossing $22.1 million. As a result, it finished in third place, after newcomers Wonder Woman ($103.3 million) and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie ($23.9 million). It made $10.7 million in its third weekend, $9 million in its fourth and $5.2 million in its fifth, respectively finishing 4th, 6th and 7th at the box office.
Outside North America
Internationally, where it is marketed as Salazar’s Revenge in many countries, the film was released day-and-date with its North American debut in 54 markets (91% of its total marketplace, except Japan, where it debuted on July 1). Preliminary reports had the film opening to $150–175 million, but possibly overperforming depending on major markets, most notably China. While its Chinese run benefited from the Dragon Boat Festival – a lucrative moviegoing period – from May 28–30 as well as from International Children’s Day (June 1), the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing had a deteriorating effect on certain European markets, and eased moviegoing admissions across the continent over the film’s opening weekend. From Wednesday to Friday, it registered an opening of $208.8 million. Around $14 million of that came from IMAX screenings, the second biggest international IMAX opening in May only after Captain America: Civil War. Similar to its domestic plunge, it earned $73.8 million in its second weekend, thus, falling in second place behind Wonder Woman.
It recorded the biggest opening day of the year in several markets including Germany ($3.6 million), Austria, France ($2.3 million), Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Thailand ($400,000), Indonesia, Malaysia and the Netherlands ($900,000, also the second biggest Disney bow, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens), while Russia opened with $4 million, the fifth-biggest ever. In terms of opening, Russia posted the biggest opening of all-time with $18.4 million ($18.6 million including previews) while South Korea ($11.5 million), France ($9.1 million), Germany ($8.3 million), Mexico ($6.9 million), the UK ($6.1 million), Brazil ($5.6 million), Italy ($5.5 million), Australia ($4.4 million), Spain ($4.4 million), Indonesia ($4 million), Taiwan ($3.6 million), India ($3 million) and Argentina ($3 million) recorded the top openings. It is the second highest grossing film ever in Russia, behind Avatar.
In China, where the film had its global premiere, it earned $21.3 million on its opening day, the fourth biggest Disney opening day in the country. It had an 87% marketshare and had already surpassed the entire earnings of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Earning a total of $67.9 million, it registered the third highest three-day for any Disney title, only behind Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron and a much higher opening than the U.S. The film did extremely well in IMAX, earning $9 million from 401 screens from Friday to early Monday bookings. The robust opening has been attributed to the Dragon Boat Festival, as well as Depp’s star power, the ubiquity of the franchise, the impact of the Shanghai Disneyland Park, which opened last year and good word of mouth – it has a score of 7.5/10 on reviews aggregator Douban, and 8.7/10 on top mobile ticketing platform Weying.
The final market for the film to be released in was Japan (1 July), where it opened at Number 1, achieving the highest grossing opening for a Western film of the year, earning $9.25 million over the July 1-2 weekend and $23.2 million totally.
The biggest earning markets so far are China ($172.3 million), followed by Russia and the CIS ($40.3 million), where is the second highest grossing film ever, behind only Avatar, Germany ($28.5 million), while the France and U.K. round out the top five with $25 million both.