More to Come

Funny story: This is actually how Disney 'convinced' Depp to return for Part IVOh, great. The bloated carcass of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” made $90.1 million at the box office this weekend and earned another $256.3 million internationally, guaranteeing we’ll be seeing Cap’n Jack Sparrow swash his increasingly tatty buckle yet again.

(And again after that, since this film is positioned as the first in a new trilogy, on account of that working so well for everyone the first time around.)

The negative reviews? Unimportant. The middling reaction from audiences? Equally irrelevant. They bought their tickets, didn’t they? That means the “Pirates” brand sells, and that means Disney makes more of it. After all, Universal follows exactly the same formula for the “Fast and the Furious” series, and no one’s complaining about those.

At least “Bridesmaids” held onto second place. That’s something, surely.