Talkback: Is Johnny Depp Worth A $90 Million-Plus Pirates 5 Payday?

Holy Swashbucklers! Rumors are flying that Johnny Depp is considering a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment, and the speculation may be overheating. Some international papers including The Sun say the newly single star could make some rather unprecedented cha-ching — to the tune of £60 million (that's about $95 million at current exchange rates). That would be some crazy treasure even the likes of, well, a pirate, could only dream of… But is the super-star actor worth the stupid money even if the rumors were only say, mostly true?

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed in May that a fifth Pirates script was in the works. He told the Los Angeles Times that he could only make the pic with Depp on board. Who else could play Captain Jack Sparrow after all?

“Hopefully, if this one does well, (Depp) will want to come back and play the character again,” Bruckheimer told the L.A. Times. “But it’s going to depend on the screenplay. It always does. He’s maniacal about not wanting to disappoint his audience.” Apparently, Depp is considering another round of Pirates, according to The Wrap. The site also noted last summer Depp cashed had cashed in with the franchise at almost $350 million at the time.

OK, so Depp already owns a Bahamian island and likely could seize some more with his current Pirates war chest alone, but is he worth potentially the biggest pay out yet if he takes on a fifth installment? Here's a breakdown of the franchise's worldwide grosses:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide: $1,043,871,802 ($250 million production budget)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: $963,420,425 ($300 million production budget)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: $1,066,179,725 ($225 million production budget)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: $654,264,015 ($140 million production budget)

Of course, these are theatrical grosses, never mind all the other tie-ins. So, is a mega-package, whether it's a cool $90 million — or so — worth the payout?

[Source: The Wrap, Box Office Mojo, The Sun]


  • Pussycat says:

    Johnny Depp is worth every penny... 😉 ...the question is really whether he's worth it to Disney...oh, heck yeah...look at those figures! I'd say they're getting him pretty cheap...showin love for you Johnny "D"...

  • The Pope says:

    Liz Taylor famously said, "If they are ----ing stupid enough to offer me a million dollars, I sure as hell am not ----ing stupid enough to turn it down.”

    • C Ellis says:

      I'm guessing that's where Depp picked up the term, "stupid money"? Close to 4 billion for 4 films? Pretty good. He's worth it, but I doubt they'd pay $90 mil for 1 film. Maybe that's for 5&6? They'll have to pay big bucks to Geoffrey Rush, too, and probably Penelope Cruz.

  • C Wood says:

    Not only is Depp worth the $$ but he's in the perfect position to ask for it. The franchise can go on without any of the other actors since new characters can be written/added but there is no Pirates without Capt Jack & there is no Capt Jack without Depp. Disney is smart enough to know that they could never convince the audience to accept any other actor in that part.

  • Lady Godiva says:

    Finally a fifth part !!! If I only could I would pay him myself just to make him go on with captain Jack... so thank you Mr. Depp !!
    And yes: I think that there are worth things one can spend money on

  • Jason says:

    Yes, he's worth it. As someone else said, the fans would never accept anyone else in the role of Jack Sparrow.

  • Kylie says:

    AMEN to Jason!
    I agree 100%.
    I love Johnny Depp and he's the BEST in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as Captain Jack Sparrow.(:

  • Lily JD says:

    The only reason for me to watch the movie because johnny plays Captain Jack thats all 🙂

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