Jerry Bruckheimer's Biggest Box Office Movies for Disney
3:12 PM PDT 9/20/2013 by Rebecca Ford
The prolific producer, who will end his first-look deal with the studio in 2014, has delivered plenty of huge hits for Disney, especially the Johnny-Depp starring "Pirates" franchise. But the longtime relationship became strained when "The Lone Ranger" bombed.
Worldwide Gross: $1.07 billion Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was the sequel to the very successful 2003 original film. Seeing the return of director Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, the film became the third highest-grossing film for Disney, and reached the billion dollar mark in just 63 days.
'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'
Worldwide Gross: $1.04 billion Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was the fourth pic in the franchise, and saw Rob Marshall replace Gore Verbinski as director. Johnny Depp returned to star as Captain Jack Sparrow and his pirate swagger continued to bring people out to the theaters. The film broke plenty of box office records and became the 12th highest-grossing film of all time worldwide.
'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
Worldwide Gross: $963.4 million Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the third film in Disney's big-budget pirate franchise, became the most successful film at the box office in 2007. Starring Johnny Depp, At World's End was the last film in the franchise to also feature Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'
Worldwide Gross: $654.2 million Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was the movie that launched incredibly successful franchise for Disney and Bruckheimer. To date, the first four Pirates films have generated $3.73 billion at the global box office.
Worldwide Gross: $553.7 million Armageddon, directed by Michael Bay, may not have been loved by critics but it opened No. 1 at the box office in July 1998. The drama, about a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers sent to blow up an asteroid raked, stars Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.
'National Treasure: Book of Secrets'
Worldwide Gross: $457.4 million
Bruckheimer and Disney struck gold with the National Treasure franchise. The 2007 sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets was an even bigger success than the first Nicolas Cage-starrer. The pic reached the $100 million mark in eight days, half the time it took the first film. It was the ninth-highest grossing film on 2007.
Worldwide Gross: $449.2 million
The Armageddon team of director Michael Bay, star Ben Affleck and producer Jerry Bruckheimer reunited for Pearl Harbor, the drama about the attack on Hawaii. While it didn't fare well with critics, it was a big win at the box office, becoming the sixth highest-earning picture of 2001.
Worldwide Gross: $347.5 million
Directed by Jon Turteltaub, National Treasure followed Nicolas Cage's historian Benjamin Franklin Gates as he hunted down lost treasure. The pic was a golden ticket at the box office when it opened in 2004, earning $173 million domestically and $174.5 million in foreign markets.
'Prince of Persia'
Worldwide Gross: $335.2 million
Bruckheimer and Disney sought to bring the popular video game to the big screen, but Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time didn't have the success domestically that many of the collaborators' previous films had done. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal,Prince of Persia was expected to be the next blockbuster franchise, but it opened at No. 3 with just $30.1 million in the U.S. behind Shrek Forever After and Sex and the City 2. It made more than 70 percent of its total box office gross overseas.
Worldwide Gross: $335.1 million
The 1996 film helmed by Michael Bay and starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage followed a chemist and an ex-con who led a counterstrike against a rogue group of military men. It was the fourth-highest grossing film that year worldwide.