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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' sails into new franchise waters

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/24/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
In this image released by Disney, Johnny Depp portrays Jack Sparrow in a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." (Disney via AP) © The Associated Press In this image released by Disney, Johnny Depp portrays Jack Sparrow in a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." (Disney via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 14 years, do audiences still love Captain Jack Sparrow? That's the question many in Hollywood will be asking this weekend as the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise sets sail Friday with a hefty amount of baggage in tow.

In this image released by Disney, Javier Bardem portrays Captain Salazar in a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." (Disney via AP) © The Associated Press In this image released by Disney, Javier Bardem portrays Captain Salazar in a scene from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." (Disney via AP)

The challenges for "Dead Men Tell No Tales" include diminishing domestic box office returns, a six-year gap between films and a star in Johnny Depp whose messy personal issues have made numerous headlines. The Walt Disney Company also now has more profitable franchises in "Star Wars" and the Marvel Comics Universe.

Early predictions say the film could still take in $80 million this weekend, but whether that's enough to keep the franchise afloat remains to be seen.

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