Today’s the day–PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sails into North American theaters!

The fourth installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides, opens at 4,166 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada today, including 256 IMAX locations (a record number). Directed by Rob Marshall, On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp in his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow, with new cast members Penelope Cruz as Angelica and Ian McShane as the villainous Blackbeard; Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Hector Barbossa. On Stranger Tides has already opened in many overseas markets — the international run began on Wednesday — and is doing robust business abroad, having already grossed more than $44 million.

In a recent interview, Stephen Galloway of The Hollywood Reporter asked Johnny how he would feel about doing a fifth Pirates film, for which a script is “already in the works.” Johnny replied, “I’ve seen nothing yet. It boils down to story, script and filmmaker.” But Captain Jack’s alter ego, whose dance card is very full, indicated he is in no rush to do another sequel. “[I]t’s not something where I would say, ‘Let’s shoot it next month to get it out by Christmas 2012.'” Johnny said. “We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they’re special to me.”

The Zone thanks Sleepy and Emma for box office reports, and AnaMaria for the interview. You can read much more about On Stranger Tides on the Zone’s News & Views forum; for Zoner’s personal reviews of the film, see the Porch General Discussion forum.

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