Black Mass

(2015)

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

‘Maze Runner 2’ Beats ‘Black Mass’ at the Box Office with $30.3M

‘Maze Runner 2’ Beats ‘Black Mass’ at the Box Office with $30.3M

A group of kids trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland squared off against a legendary gangster at the box office this weekend. According to the estimates from Box Office Mojo, the kids prevailed, with 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials taking the top spot this weekend with $30.3 million, while Warner Bros.' crime drama Black Mass took second place with $23.3 million. Black Mass received a much better reception from the nation's critics, scoring a solid 76% "Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, while The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials posted a 49% "Rotten" rating from the site. Both of those ratings are down from earlier this week, though, when Black Mass had an 87% rating and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials had a 62% rating.

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opened in 3,791 theaters this weekend, posting a solid $7,993 per-screen average in its opening weekend. While it did take the top spot, it was actually a bit lower than the opening of its predecessor, The Maze Runner, which opened in the same weekend last year to the tune of $32.5 million. The first movie, based on James Dashner's young adult novel, earned $102.4 million domestically and $238.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $340.7 million, from a $34 million budget. The sequel was produced with a $61 million budget, so with this lower opening weekend, it may have a tougher time earning a profit than the first movie.

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‘Black Mass’ Review: A Riveting Return to Form for Johnny Depp

‘Black Mass’ Review: A Riveting Return to Form for Johnny Depp

Black Mass marks a villainous return to form for Johnny Depp. Adapted from the book by Boston Globe journalists Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, Black Mass is the incredible true story of gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. Bulger went from being a relatively small time neighborhood criminal in South Boston (Southie), to the feared kingpin of the Boston underworld in the late seventies and eighties. His rise to power was abetted by FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The pair grew up together in the tight-knit Irish community. Then engaged in a criminal alliance to wipe out Bulger's competition, while giving the FBI publicity wins for taking down the Italian Mafia.

Black Mass opens with Kevin Weeks (Jesse Plemons), under arrest, giving sworn testimony to the government. He recounts his initiation into Bulger's (Depp) gang in 1973. This format of Bulger's incarcerated cronies spilling the beans for immunity or reduced sentences is how the story unfolds. Director Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) employs a slow burn strategy to dive into the characters and their skillful manipulation by Bulger. While Depp and Edgerton are at the forefront of the story, we do get quite a bit of character exposition for the supporting cast.

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‘Black Mass’ Trailer #3 Has Johnny Depp Terrorizing Boston

‘Black Mass’ Trailer #3 Has Johnny Depp Terrorizing Boston

Are you ready to be terrified like never before this fall? Black Mass has Johnny Depp slipping into the role of real-life gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, and it could be the moment that defines his career. A third trailer has arrived, which showcases the actor's immense talent. And it's clear that, as of this moment, he is the one to beat at this year's Oscars.

Black Mass arrives from Warner Bros. Pictures this September, just as the awards season starts to really heat up. Scott Cooper, known for his acclaimed dramas Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, returns to direct. And he has assembled an excellent supporting cast to back-up his leading man, Johnny Depp. Appearing in the movie are Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons and Adam Scott.

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‘Black Mass’ Trailer #2: Johnny Depp Is America's Most Wanted

‘Black Mass’ Trailer #2: Johnny Depp Is America's Most Wanted

Gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger is the most fear criminal in the United States. He's also the most wanted gangster in American history. The latest teaser trailer for Black Mass offers just a hint at what makes the man so bad. Johnny Depp fully transforms into the notorious killer in director Scott Cooper's drama, which will surely bring an Oscar nomination for both men next year.

In Black Mass, we return to 1970s South Boston. FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. This true story retracts the unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

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‘Black Mass’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Is Gangster Whitey Bulger

‘Black Mass’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Is Gangster Whitey Bulger

Following the first look photo released yesterday, Warner Bros. has debuted the first trailer for Black Mass. After spending the past several years playing lovable rogues like Captain Jack Sparrow and this year's Mortdecai, Johnny Depp descends into true villain territory by portraying the infamous gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. While this mobster served as the basis for Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello in The Departed and Pete Postlethwaite's Fergie Colm in The Town, this biopic gives us a glimpse into his real story.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, they double crossed Bulger and ultimately prosecuted him, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him.

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‘Black Mass’: First Look at Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger

‘Black Mass’: First Look at Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger

Johnny Depp calmly walks away after murdering a man in cold blood in the first official photo from the Whitey Bulger biopic ‘Black Mass’.
Johnny Depp Goes Bald in First ‘Black Mass’ Set Video and Photos

Johnny Depp Goes Bald in First ‘Black Mass’ Set Video and Photos

‘Black Mass’ is shooting a DEA car chase sequence in in Lynn, Massachussets with a first look at star Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger.
Benedict Cumberbatch Replaces Guy Pearce in ‘Black Mass’

Benedict Cumberbatch Replaces Guy Pearce in ‘Black Mass’

Adam Scott has joined the cast as well, portraying FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick in director Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger biopic.