I still remember how Titanic
ran up the budget and everyone predicted doom...
Don't underestimate Johnny Depp's fanbase. Just give them some fun adventure, not some inane BS with vampires, and they will put their butts in seats. The POTC
movies weren't great art by any stretch of the imagination, so the bar is not set high.
Just out of curiosity, I checked the international BO for that ridiculous flop, Dark Shadows
. Sure enough, it's made lots more money overseas as in America.
I've seen that patten happen often with even the suckiest of movies. Even inane BS with vampires won't sink you for sure.