Is Johnny Depp Still a Bankable Movie Star?

Jeremy Fuster
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Johnny Depp, who gained megastar status playing Captain Jack Sparrow and Gellert Grindelwald in J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, may be past his prime as a bankable movie star. And his troubles may have grown since he lost his libel lawsuit this week against U.K.’s The Sun over accusations of domestic abuse against ex-wife Amber Heard and continues to struggle with personal scandals. On Friday, Warner Bros. announced that Depp’s role as Grindewald would be recast for the third film in “Fantastic Beasts” which is currently in production. Since his debut as one of Freddy Krueger’s victims in 1984’s “Nightmare on Elm Street,” Depp has racked up over $10 billion in career global box office grosses. Nearly half of that has come from Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, which earned Depp an Oscar nomination and catapulted him into the summer blockbuster elite through the 2000s. Two installments of the “Pirates” series — “Dead Man’s Chest” in 2006 and “On Stranger Tides” in 2011 — grossed over $1 billion worldwide, as did Disney’s remake of “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010, in which Depp played the Mad Hatter. But over the last decade, Depp’s bankability has waned. Between 2003 and 2011,...

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