Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales–Johnny Depp’s Dependability on Overseas Popularity

Johnny Depp’s bankability as a bona fide star now depends entirely on his popularity overseas, in such countries as China, Russia, Korea.

Strong international response, especially in China, have powered Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales past the $500 million at the global box office.

The fifth installment in the franchise opened at No. 1 at the domestic box office during what was the slowest Memorial Day Weekend in decades.

In two weekends domestically, the movie has earned $114.6 million (one fourth of the total gross).

That leaves the remaining $386.6 million to overseas earnings to reach its current worldwide sum, $501.2 million.

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In China alone Pirates 5 has made $142.6 million.

Russia is the movie’s second highest grossing overseas territory with $30.5 million.

Korea is in third with $17.9 million.

The U.K. and France round out the top five with $16.7 million and $15.2 million respectively.

The movie’s massive earnings have pushed Disney past $2 billion in international grosses for the year.

Johnny Depp returns to play Jack Sparrow, the role that earned him an Oscar nomination with the franchise’s first installment. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg co-directed the movie that also stars Javier Bardem.

Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley both returned to the franchise after skipping out on the fourth installment.

This weekend at the domestic box office Pirates 5 landed in third with $21.6 million, behind newcomers “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Underpants.”