USA captures Pirates

By Colin Mahan

Jul 14, 2006

Yo ho ho, and a pile of money.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the Johnny Depp sequel that opened with $135 million last weekend, is coming to port on the USA Network. The deal gives the network exclusive rights to air the movie on TV from fall 2008 until 2013.

The cable network, which is owned by NBC Universal, will pay between $20-25 million, or about 12 perecent of the film's projected box-office gross, according to Broadcast & Cable.

"We are thrilled about this acquisition, especially since we already own the rights to the original! USA is a prime destination for major blockbuster theatricals on television and no film fits our brand better than Pirates," Jane Blaney, senior vice president of programming at USA, said in a statement.

USA is also airing the TV premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl on Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m.

The $135 million opening weekend for Dead Man's Chest is the highest three-day box office gross in film history, beating out former champ Spider Man, which grossed $114 million in its 2002 opening. Dead Man's Chest also holds the title in biggest opening day ever ($55.5 million on Friday) and biggest single-day gross (Friday again), and it's the first film to gross $100 million in two days. By comparison, this summer's Tom Cruise release Mission: Impossible: III has grossed $133 million during its entire 11-week run.

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  • crockergirl May 28, 2007

    They have been airing the movie on television channels, but the first one, not the second one.

  • alex_axon Sep 13, 2006

    Johnyn Depp has to be one of the most amazing actors of all time :) he is so brilliant at acting and he is such an inspiration!!

  • ximenaminaya Aug 19, 2006

    I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP, IS THE BEST! :)

  • rsloane Jul 19, 2006

    that's interesting to learn how it all works.

  • railley Jul 17, 2006

    great so after youve downloaded it, bought the DVD and then Bought the Special edition DVD with 3D pirate ship cover you can Tivo it too



    I don't watch movies on TV as I avoid all adverts on TV when at all possible



    ADVERTS ARE THE DEVIL IF YOU WATCH AN ADVERT YOUR SLEEPING WITH SATAN!



    WHY DO YOU LET SATAN ABUSE YOU??? ARE YOU SOME SORT OF EMO???

  • kathcous Jul 17, 2006

    weird...

  • Jamin_Jamin Jul 17, 2006

    lol :)

  • Sportychick06 Jul 15, 2006

    I think why it took so long to air the movie is b/c they wanted more and more people see it in theaters before actually airing it on television. I think it has to do something with income.

  • GameGuy08 Jul 14, 2006

    Why did it take 3 years to FINALLY air the first movie anyways? Better yet, I don't even remember HBO or Starz airing it either...

    Betcha this wouldn't have happened if DMC didn't do so amazingly well...

  • drewshack Jul 14, 2006

    Why does it matter what station movies are going to go to? Tell me in 2008, then maybe I'll care.