Sunday, April 14, 2024

Johnny Depp Down for the Count: Latest Movie, “City of Lies,” Earns Just $500K in 2 Weeks of Release


Johnny Depp is not having a good year, or decade really.

His latest film, “City of Lies,” made just $118K this weekend. In its two weeks of release, “City of Lies” has earned just $500,000.

Ouch! That amount of money is a drop in the bucket for Depp, who has spent millions in court fighting his ex wife, Amber Heard, and losing financially and in public relations. He’s also lost millions from spending wildly. Maybe he has deep hidden reserves somewhere, but on the face of it, he’s allowed himself to be hobbled.

“City of Lies” has a 50 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t nearly has bad as most of Depp’s releases for the last decade or more. He hasn’t been in a movie that both made money and got good reviews since “Into the Woods” in 2014. He earned decent reviews playing Whitey Bulger in 2015, but the movie, “Black Mass,” scored just $63 million.

“City of Lies” comes from Saban Films, not exactly a prestigious distributor. It tells the story of Russell Poole, the real life detective who tried to find the killers of rapper Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls. The film had no marketing whatsoever, no publicity, and evidently no interest. The New York Times described Depp’s performance as “onfusing somnolent with serious.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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