Familiarity Breeds, If Not Contempt, Then Falling Box Office

Johnny Depp picture courtesy of Wikipedia

For awhile it seemed as if everything Johnny Depp appeared in turned to gold.  From Pirates Of The Carribean:  Dead Man’s Chest in 2006 to Alice In Wonderland in 2010, it seemed as if he could do no wrong.  

Then came Dark Shadows–an ironic title if there ever was one–based on the gothic soap opera by Dan Curtis.

Despite being directed by Tim Burton (who directed Depp in some of his biggest hits) the movie performed underwhelmingly, earning almost $246 million on a $150 million budget. 

Though no one’s perfect, and besides, Depp had been successful enough in the past that one weak performer could  hardly touch his strong box office Kung-Fu. 

That is, till 2013’s The Lone Ranger, a movie plagued with cost overruns so great that executives at Disney were somewhat relieved they were able to rein in the budget at $215 million. 

Though that comfort of a carrion sort considering after all their efforts the movie ended up earning just $260 million worldwide, though if it’s any compensation, it out-earned John Carter (though admittedly not by much). 

The point being, recently the trades reported that Johnny Depp will co-star in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them with Eddie Redmayne though maybe Depp needs a little time out if the public eye, so that maybe we can begin to miss him a little bit as opposed to being the Steven King of fir movie world.

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