Like most folks, I enjoyed Pirates of the Caribbean. And, like most folks, I walked out of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with my tender senses bludgeoned into the equivalent of a thousand-yard-stare and my bladder all stingy and numb.
That was six months ago. This week, it looks like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest wasn’t content with the meretricious (look it up!) title of cash gobbling, bladder mocking monolith of the summer. As last week’s DVD sales numbers have come in, there should be no surprise Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest promptly pulled down the pants of sales records and paddled them firmly on the ass with the broadside of its moneymaking cutlass. It’s now the cash gobbling monolith of DVD sales for the year 2006.
In the first week of the DVD’s release, Kraken-loving Americans snatched 10.5 million wet and briny copies of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. At an average of $20 per copy, that’s roughly $210,000,000– enough to buy a new sequel, the love of several good-looking women or, astoundingly, 10.5 million copies of your favorite DVD.