Disney has had a hold on audiences since the 1937 debut of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney Studios. Whether it’s animated classics like The Jungle Book and Cinderella, live-action remakes of… well, The Jungle Book and Cinderella, or modern-day favorites like Ratatouille and Inside Out, a Disney film guarantees box office success.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a fantasy swashbuckler film released in 2006. It is the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003). Disney has made a fortune from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with the second installment, Dead Man’s Chest, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2006.
Jerry Bruckheimer produced the film, which was directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. The film got mixed reviews when it was released in the United States on July 7, 2006, with praise for its special effects, direction, action sequences, Hans Zimmer’s musical soundtrack, humor, and performances, especially those of Depp and Nighy, but criticism for its running duration and plot.
The film broke several records at the time, including the $136 million opening weekend in the United States, the fastest film to gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office (63 days), becoming the highest-grossing film of 2006, and being the highest-grossing Disney film until Toy Story 3 in 2010.