Pirates of the Caribbean: How Much Did Johnny Depp Make From Every Movie?
While we wait for updates on the sixth film, let's dive into the financial side of the story.
For some, Pirates of the Caribbean is a nostalgic blockbuster, but for others who have not seen the movies, it can be an adventurous revelation. Johnny Depp in the role of Jack Sparrow will forever go down in history as one of the most impressive tricksters in mainstream cinema.
It's no secret that Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most profitable franchises, but how much did its star, Johnny Depp, make from each film?
1. The Curse of The Black Pearl – $10M
It is already clear that the casting director did their job brilliantly, choosing Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp for the main roles. Need we remind you that in the end, Captain Jack Sparrow outshone everyone else and became a cult character and a fan favorite?
In this movie, Depp's paycheck was the smallest, but it will only get bigger in the future.
2. Dead Man's Chest – $60M
After the unexpected success of the first movie, all the actors joined the sequels as big stars. Since getting everyone together was a difficult task, a story arc was developed for the next two films and they were shot simultaneously.
Financial failure was now unlikely, and work continued by the same formula that viewers around the world had come to love. And Depp's fee increased sixfold.
3. At World's End – $50M
Just like another famous franchise, Harry Potter, each new pirate movie has gotten darker and darker.
On top of that, many pirates from different countries, legends, myths, and epic sea battles suddenly appear in the story. And although the movie has an uncomfortably long running time of 169 minutes, the plot grabs your attention and draws you in.
In this movie, Johnny's fee decreased slightly, perhaps due to the sharp increase in the number of other big stars.
4. On Stranger Tides – $55M
The Will and Elizabeth storyline has reached its logical conclusion, but is it worth worrying about when the main star is still in business? In the fourth movie, Jack Sparrow is at the center of the action.
To this day, On Stranger Tides is one of the most expensive movies in history, with a budget of $379 million, $55 of which went to Depp's salary.
5. Dead Men Tell No Tales – $90M
It seems that even the creative team did not understand what to shoot, but there was no option not to shoot. So they just turned to the Black Pearl, hoping it would work a miracle again. Dead Men Tell No Tales repeats the recipe of the first movie, adding fresh faces for a new romantic story and old Jack as a mascot.
Depp received an astronomical paycheck for the fifth film – $90 million, but it seems that even such a large sum could not make up for the general Pirates of the Caribbean fatigue.