Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Johnny Depp Bombs in “Transcendence” with Shocking $11.5 Mil weekend: Career Imperiled after “Lone Ranger”


Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence” bombed last night as expected, taking in just $11.5 million. That’s a disaster for a $150 million movie.

This is Depp’s second major flop at the box office, following the catastrophic “Lone Ranger.” And now this poses an important question: can Depp open a movie that isn’t “Pirates of the Caribbean”? The answer is No. He’s made zillions from the Disney adventure movies.

But Depp has so limited himself as Jack Sparrow that he’s not known for anything else. His last real movie that was a hit and brought him some critical acclaim was “Finding Neverland” some ten years ago.

Other than that his resume is a list of “almosts”– “Public Enemies” and “Sweeney Todd” fit that bill. His work with Tim Burton is spotty– “Alice in Wonderland” was a big hit, but not just because of Depp. “Dark Shadows” was awful.

He (and Leonardo DiCaprio) are among a small group of very precious leading men who don’t do romantic comedies. When he did try to do something in that vein, Depp failed miserably with “The Tourist.”

Depp’s other big outing this year will be in the fall when he plays the Wolf in Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods” musical film adaptation. The next time Depp is seen after that will be in 2015 as mobster Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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