Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has hit the big screen today and brings the franchise to a triumphant close.

All week we have been looking at some of the biggest film franchises that have graced the big screen in recent years and today we close with Pirates of the Caribbean?

When Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl was announced at the beginning of the nineties eyebrows were raised - pirate films had not exactly been a huge box office success and it was based on a theme park ride.

But Jerry Bruckheimer and co are having the last laugh as the franchise as, so far, grossed in excess of $3.7 billion from just four movies.

But all of that doubt disappeared when the movie hit the big screen as Johnny Depp created one of the biggest movie icons of recent years.

Curse of the Black Pearl cruised to a cool $654 million at the global box office and kicked off the fifth biggest film franchise of all time.

Depp was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his central performance and it remains the great film in the franchise.

Three years later Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley returned while Gore Verbinski was back in the director's chair.

Dead Man's Chest is the most successful film in the franchise as it took in excess of $1 billion while At World's End also almost achieved that feat.

There was a four year hiatus from At World's End to On Stranger Tides as a new director and cast members were brought in.

Depp and Geoffrey Rush were back but Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane were just some of the new names that starred in the film.

Rob Marshall was in the director's chair for the film that also broke through the $1 billion barrier - but didn't quite match Dead Man's Chest.

There is supposed to be a fifth movie in the pipeline that would see Depp once again return to this now iconic role.

The movie cemented Depp as a major Hollywood player and since then he has seen his career really rocket as he moved more into mainstream movies.

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FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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