Depp is main reason many are drawn to 'Pirates' series

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With all the hype last week over the third Pirates of the Caribbean installment, At World's End, it seemed that maybe a few people are just a little obsessed. Then again, I could be biased; I went to the theater dressed in full costume.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Fandango.com, the movie ticket site, reported May 22 that 83 percent of its ticket sales for May 21-26 were for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

With all the teasers, commercials, products and publicity, it was hard not to catch pirate fever.

Numerous Web sites boast Pirates' MySpace.com layouts and pictures.

There's even Pirates of the Caribbean Bubble Bath in Mariner Musk.

Last Halloween, pirate costumes were the top choice on many shoppers' lists.

Yep, it seems we've become a bit crazed, but there's nothing wrong with a spot of healthy obsession. Especially with this trilogy.

Fandango asked ticket buyers some questions to get a feel for what they liked about the Pirates series.

Seventy-two percent of respondents said Johnny Depp's performance as Capt. Jack Sparrow is the top reason they were planning to see At World's End. Ninety-three percent said they would not consider buying a ticket to a fourth Pirates movie without Mr. Depp in it.

Was Capt. Sparrow the reason for all the hype?

Dawn Raborn, 16, a rising junior at Lakeside High School, said yes.

"Jack is the only reason I stand in line to pre-order tickets," she said. She paused and added, "I guess Will Turner isn't too bad, either, though."

Audrey Lewis, 15, is a rising junior at Lakeside High School.


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