Is Johnny Depp Still a Bankable Movie Star?

Numbers show that the man behind Captain Jack is well past his 2000s box office prime…but his scandals aren’t entirely to blame

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.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • • Twitter: @jeremyfuster