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Johnny Depp's darkest hour

Could shocking personal allegations and a string of box office flops send one of the world’s most bankable movie stars into Hollywood exile?

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It’s been a rough month for Johnny Depp. Amidst a storm of personal drama surrounding the divorce from his wife, actress Amber Heard, and allegations that Depp had been verbally and physically abusive to her throughout their marriage, the actor also suffered a professional blow. Alice Through the Looking Glass, with a budget of $170 million, earned only $26.8 million its first weekend — a 77 percent drop from the original 2010 film.

It’s the latest in a string of box office flops — The Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows, Mortdecai — for Depp, once considered the most bankable star on Earth. The whole situation has left Hollywood shaking its collective head. How did this happen to one of the most beloved stars of his generation?

EW asked a group of industry experts this question and tried to find out what challenges lie ahead for Depp professionally. For their answers, and to read this full piece, pick up this week’s Entertainment Weekly on newsstands, or subscribe here.