Johnny Depp got his start as one of the young victims in the first Nightmare on Elm Street film, and he has become one of Hollywood's most versatile actors. For much of his career, Depp was one of Tim Burton's favorite actors, and thanks to that partnership, he became known for his bizarre movie roles.
Very rarely in his career was Johnny Depp cast as an average person. Instead, he took on roles as everything from pirates and monsters to Ichabod Crane and Willy Wonka. Here is a look at the 10 highest-grossing Johnny Depp movies of all-time.
10 ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ($299 MILLION)
Released in 2016, Alice Through the Looking Glass was the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. While most of the cast returned for the sequel, James Bobin took over as the director of this film. In this film, Alice finds a looking glass that takes her back to Wonderland and finds Mad Hatter acting very strange.
Johnny Depp is back as the Mad Hatter in this movie and is more of a focus as he wants to learn more about his family. Alice then travels through time and has to find a way to save the Hatter before it is too late.
9 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS ($352 MILLION)
While the movie was not a critical success, it was a commercial success worldwide. While Murder on the Orient Express only made $102.8 million domestically, it did pull in a nice $250 million overseas for a total of $352.8 million worldwide. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this was an adaptation of the Agatha Christie story.
On top of his job as director, Branagh also stars as the Agatha Christie hero detective Hercule Poirot. Johnny Depp is Edward Ratchett, an unscrupulous businessman who hires Poirot as his bodyguard on a three-day journey only to die and open up an investigation that Poirot might not even be able to solve.
8 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY ($475 MILLION)
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton teamed up for the remake of the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In this version, retitled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Johnny Depp takes on the role of the iconic candy factory owner Willy Wonka, who offers five people the chance to tour his factory.
Depp is at his weirdest, as he always is in Tim Burton movies. He is awkward and has no sense of social interaction. Freddie Highmore turned heads as well as Charlie Bucket, and Depp picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the film.
7 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD ($653 MILLION)
In the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, the villain was Colin Farrell. However, that was all a ruse as it turned out that his character of Percival Graves was Gellert Grindelwald in disguise. This switch meant that Johnny Depp took center stage in the sequel as Grindelwald.
As fans of the Harry Potter series knows, it is Depp's Grindelwald that is the Voldemort of the prequels. Depp is scheduled to return for the third movie in the Fantastic Beasts series in 2021.
6 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL ($654 MILLION)
Johnny Depp saw a career boost when he took on the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Few people thought the movie would be a big as it was, a Disney movie based on a theme park ride.
However, Johnny Depp is a big reason that this movie helped launch a franchise that made billions of dollars. This debut movie made the least of any of the films in the series, but it was the one that made Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow a massively popular movie character.
5 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN TELL NO TALES ($794 MILLION)
The fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series was supposed to bring back the spirit of the first movie as the previous film turned some fans off of the series. However, it ended up with the lowest box office of any movie in the series since the first.
Johnny Depp was back along with Geoffrey Rush as Barbosa as Capt. Jack Sparrow went in search of the Trident of Poseidon because it is supposed to help free Will Turner of the curse which binds him to the Dutchman. This movie helped wrap up the story of Will and Elizabeth.
4 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END ($963 MILLION)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End wrapped up the original trilogy of the series, to polarizing effect for many fans. In this third film, Lord Beckett gains his power over the legendary Davy Jones and plans to use the Flying Dutchman to kill all pirates and extinguish them forever.
This was supposed to mark the end of the story between Capt. Jack (Depp), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Kiera Knightley). While this was supposed to end Will and Elizabeth's journey, Jack was not going anywhere.
3 ALICE IN WONDERLAND ($1.02 BILLION)
Johnny Depp has worked with Tim Burton on several films, and the two have put out some bizarre movies together. Starting with Edward Scissorhands and moving through movies like Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeny Todd, Depp played all kinds of strange characters.
In Burton's remake of Alice in Wonderland in 2010, he took on the role of the Mad Hatter. As expected, Depp and Burton took it one step further, and Depp delivered a brilliant performance. He reprised the role in the sequel as well.
2 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES ($1.04 BILLION)
The Pirates of the Caribbean movie that had the worst fan and critical reaction was the fourth movie, On Stranger Tides. Despite complaints about the story and performances, it still broke $1 billion at the worldwide box office, the second-best box office of the entire series.
The movie took the story completely away from the original trilogy, although Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush returned as Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbosa. Also, joining them here was Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and the search for the Fountain of Youth only to find mermaids.
1 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (1.06 BILLION)
The Johnny Depp movie that made the biggest box office take in history was the second movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series — Dead Man's Chest. The film sees Lord Beckett arresting Elizabeth and Will for helping Captain Jack Sparrow in The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Beckett has a plan to find the Dead Man's Chest, which includes the heart of the evil Davy Jones. He offers Will clemency if he finds this chest for him. However, the chest also ties Capt. Jack to the Flying Dutchman, so he has a stake as well, and this makes the race for the Dead Man's Chest something both men need to survive.