Wednesday, November 2, 2011
21 Flop Street: Johnny Depp's New Movie Tanks at the Box Office
International movie star Johnny Depp has suffered one of the worst flops of his storied movie career, as his new film The Rum Diary tanked in its debut week at the box office. Kentucky-born Depp has been one of the highest earning stars of the past decade and his films have earned billions of dollars. In his new film, the actor portrays journalist Hunter S. Thompson, a role he also played in the cult classic film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Movie-goers weren't interested in watching the Oscar-nominated actor emote in a film set in Puerto Rico during the 1950s, preferring instead to watch a feline in footwear (Puss in Boots) and a ghostly apparition caught on tape (Paranormal Activity III). The film, which cost more than $60 million to produce, brought in a meager $5 million during its opening weekend. Depp has become more accustomed to mega-openings, thanks to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, where he has played the iconic role of Jack Sparrow.