Johnny Depp’s recognition for the box office has joined his critical recognition: in the gutter.
The once venerable actor’s new film “Minamata” had a gloomy opening weekend after being released in American theaters on Friday 5. February. While the 57-year-old was previously able to raise more than $ 10 million for a single scene, his name no longer appears to be a reliable promise of profitability, as the new film has so far brought in less than $ 15,000, according to IMDB Pro’s Box Office Mojo.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted film revenues, “Minamata” failed to make the 18 largest domestic gross films over the three-day period, losing to the Serbian historical drama “Dara of Jasenovac”
“Minamata” is based on the book of the same name about the war photographer W. Eugene Smith from Life Magazine, whose travels in Japan documented the effects of mercury poisoning in a small town. Portraying Smith, Depp looks nothing like himself and is “anything but recognizable behind sun damage, liver spots and a sparse hidden beard – in what feels like an extension of the gonzo Hunter S. Thompson performance he delivered in ‘Fear and Loathing’ in Las Vegas, ”according to Variety’s review of the flick.
The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020 and was significant Depp’s creation, the director told Deadline last year. “This is Johnny’s concept, Johnny’s idea, something he felt quite passionate about,” said Andrew Levitas.
While COVID-19 continues to be a huge financial blow to new releases, Depp’s recent legal fallout continues after losing a defamation case with a British newspaper over allegations of beating his ex-wife, Amber Heard. “You simply can not work with him now,” a studio head said of Depp, following the court’s decision. “He’s radioactive.”