April 20 2014

Johnny Depp: Is the Star Fading?

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It is not a happy Easter weekend for Johnny Depp as Transcendence is bombing at the box office.

There is no doubt that Johnny Depp is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood today, but it’s beginning to appear as though you can not always count on him to open a film. Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger and The Rum Diary all did not do well for him in the past few years, and now it looks like you can add Transcendence to that list.

It appears the film is going to open in fourth place with $13 million for the weekend off of a $100 million dollar budget. Scathing reviews and a C+ CinemaScore (what average viewers rate it) means that this film is pretty much doomed in the U.S. There is apparently still some hope for the foreign markets, but not much.

One has to wonder if our one time love affair with Depp is fading away. It used to be his presence in any film guaranteed it success, but it seems that time may be fading just as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s has. I think Depp may still have some success left in him, especially with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, his fifth outing as Captain Jack Sparrow, on desk for a 2016 release. But, with the soft performance of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, even that former money maker may be on its way out.

I don’t think it’s time for Depp to hang up his hat quite yet, but I do think he needs to start being a bit more selective in the roles he takes up. This isn’t the Golden Age for him any more, and you can’t just plop him in any old story and expect the audiences to turn out in droves.

Take a breather Depp, you’ve earned it, and we don’t want you to rush to the finish line of your career any faster than you absolutely have to.

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