A Disney film based on a popular attraction at their theme parks was released on this day in movie history.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, directed by Gore Verbinski. It was released in theaters on July 9th, 2003 and starred Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Jack Davenport.
The film centers around the eccentric pirate named Jack Sparrow, who joins forces with the more straight-laced Will Turner against the pirate Barbosa, who has captured Will’s beloved Elizabeth.
The film was a big hit in theaters, making over $630 million. It led to several sequels, spinoff video games and more.