Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney franchise encompassing numerous theme park attractions and a media franchise consisting of a series of films, and spin-off novels, as well as a number of related video games and other media publications. The franchise originated with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme ride attraction, which opened at Disneyland in 1967 and was one of the last Disney theme park attractions overseen by Walt Disney. Disney based the ride on pirate legends and folklore.

Pirates of the Caribbean (POTC) became a media franchise with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. As of October 2016, Pirates of the Caribbean attractions can be found at five Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. The films have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide as of March 2019,[1] putting the film franchise 14th in the list of all-time highest grossing franchises and film series.



  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Video games


Two series of young reader books have been printed as prequels to the first film:

In addition there is a novel written for adults:

One young reader book was made as a prequel to the fifth film:

  • The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth by Meredith Rusu


Several additional works have been derived from the franchise:

  • In 2000, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold, opened at DisneyQuest at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort. The attraction allows up to five players to board a virtual pirate ship and attempt to sink other ships with water cannons.
  • Ron Gilbert often has said that the Monkey Island computer game series was the inspiration for Pirates of the Caribbean (especially upon seeing the second movie[4]), although he has said that he mainly got his inspiration from Tim Powers' book On Stranger Tides (which later inspired the fourth film in the franchise). Within both the film and the Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure game is a key-carrying dog named Walt, whose name is a nod to Walt Disney and whose appearance is based on the jail scene from the rides.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean board game Monopoly is manufactured by USAopoly.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean version of the board game The Game of Life was developed.
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean version of the board game Battleship is produced by Hasbro under the title of Battleship Command.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean was the name of a team participating in the 2005–2006 Volvo Ocean Race. Their boat was named the "Black Pearl."[5]
  • A Pirates of the Caribbean multiplayer online game was released by Disney on October 31, 2007.[6]
  • The British melodic hard rock band Ten have released an album entitled Isla de Muerta, the title of which is about the legendary island of the series.


See also


  1. ^ "Johnny Depp Movies List by Box Office Sales". JohnnyDeppMoviesList.org. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean slips anchor. Metro.co.uk (November 19, 2010). Retrieved on December 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas Review, iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News. 148Apps (October 31, 2011). Retrieved on December 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Ron Gilbert (June 24, 2006). "The Monkey Island Movie". Grumpy Gamer. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Team News: Pirates of the Caribbean". Volvo Ocean Race. Retrieved August 3, 2006.
  6. ^ "Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Online". Disney. October 31, 2007. Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2017.

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