Johnny Depp’s ‘The Rum Diary’ tanks at the box office

His new Hunter S Thompson movie takes just $5 million in the US

Johnny Depp‘s The Rum Diary has tanked at the box office.

The star’s second Hunter S Thompson inspired movie took just $5 million (£3.1 million) on its opening weekend, having opened in 2,272 theatres in the US and taking just $2,205 (£1,378) per location, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The film has been a passion project for Depp, who became close with the late gonzo writer Thompson after portraying him in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. It is based on a novel Thompson wrote in the early 1960s but was not published until 1998, about a writer who travels to Puerto Rico in the 1950s.

Distributor Film District’s president of theatrical distribution Bob Berney said: “Probably at the end of the day the whole Hunter thing attracts more of a cult audience. While he and Johnny were best friends and the movie is a tribute to Hunter, Hunter is still a little too extreme for the mainstream.”

Berney noted that the film performed well in Manhattan and Los Angeles, but dropped off further the more it went out into the suburbs. He also predicted that the film could find an audience on DVD, as was the case with Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, which grossed only $10.7 million (£6.7 million) in the US but went on to become a home entertainment hit.

The Rum Diary is released in the UK on November 11. You can watch the trailer at the top of the page.Video