Hear Me Out: Johnny Depp Has Become Mike Myers


The Lone Ranger is one of the biggest tentpole releases of the year. With a trimmed budget of $215 million, it needed to be a big hit for Disney to even break even. But over a five-day opening weekend it made just $48 million, a figure that is shockingly low to those of us who keep an eye on these things. There are plenty of possible reasons why, including the fact that The Lone Ranger doesn't necessarily appeal to younger audiences. But certainly, following the insane success of their Depp-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney was expecting Johnny Depp to be the major draw. But with what looks to be his second flop in as many years, it appears Depp's star power is failing. I say it's his own damn fault. He's overreaching on his star power, thinking he can do no wrong, and that wackier/wilder equals better. It's a costly mistake that Mike Myers made before him, and Depp may be heading for a Myers-like decline. Hear me out.

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Crazay1782d ago

It's getting to be pretty easy to see that the charm of Johnny Depp is beginning to wear pretty thin on many people.

adorie1782d ago

He's been in too many movies and that makes people want to see him on screen less.

Helena Boeheim is also guilty of being in too many movies. I find it mildly difficult to see her in a movie. She kind of robs it's atmosphere because of that "oh, I've seen her before... 3089 movies before this one"

Crazay1782d ago

Can't stand her her and massive forehead. She doesn't belong in movies at all

asmith23061781d ago

I said it before and I will say it again... for these kinds of roles he is milking, he is a great actor. Blow, Who's Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco, etc. he is great in all of them more serious movies.

Varzoth1782d ago

I agree with this article for sure.

ElizaCreststeel1782d ago

The Tourist ended up -30mil at least. Rum Diary didn't make 1/2 its budget back. Rango barely broke even. And Dark Shadows didn't make money.

ajax171781d ago

Rango was good, though.

ElizaCreststeel1781d ago

No argument. I thought it was a lot of fun and very well done.

barb_wire1781d ago

I wouldn't call 'The Tourist' a bomb (at least not in the sense in what I'd call a bomb)

'The Tourist' cost $100mil and made $278mil worldwide.
'Rum Diary' cost $45mil and made $23mil WW.
'Rango' cost $135mil and made $245mil WW
'Dark Shadows' cost $150mil and made $245mil WW

Yeah, not blow your socks off blockbusters and I don't have any figures on the marketing budgets for the above, but when you factor in VOD, BD, DVD and TV sales.. pretty sure all those movies (even 'The Rum Diary') made it into the black.

DarkBlood1782d ago

Well im going to guess Depp has done more films then mike

but i guess if you look at what they have in common is applying almost the same essence in thier films not that i have a problem with that depending on the movies

Scrivlar1782d ago

I don't think that's fair Depp has always done lots of films that weren't hugely grossing or blockbusters but he wanted the acting challenge. Only really since Pirates is it now expected of him to make uber millions for every film. If you look back to before he was an A-lister there are plenty roles he took on that weren't a big hit.

Crazay1782d ago

A fair point by you but when you become an a-lister who commands the kind of salary he does, the viewers and studios have much higher expectations from you. Also, let's not forget that a good number of those movies he made prior becoming so big were by indies and movies with budgets less than $50 million.

Scrivlar1782d ago

I suppose that's what comes with being an A-lister. I'll still go see the film when it comes out over here (Scotland) because I liked the look of his Tonto character, and I've been hearing good things about Armie Hammer, but I'll try not to get my hopes up too much.

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