‘Captain America’ Crushes ‘Transcendence’ at the Box Office
Over the Easter weekend at the box office, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier continued its domination with a third weekend at number one. The superhero movie starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson made another $25.6 million at the box office, a small decline of 38 percent from the previous weekend, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. Disney-owned Marvel has more than proven that big-budget action movies based on comic books are guaranteed critic-proof earners at the box office, but the latest Captain America has even snagged decent reviews, with a respectable 89 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Johnny Depp’s latest movie, the science fiction thriller Transcendence, opened over the Easter weekend only to bomb spectacularly, taking in just $10.8 million at the box office and failing among critics, with a paltry 19 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Venerable Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers even went so far as to call Transcendence “one of the biggest disappointments of the year.” Morgan Freeman and Rebecca Hall co-star in the film about technology gone awry. Depp plays a researcher focusing on artificial intelligence who gets shot by an anti-technology group. His wife (Hall) decides to upload his brain to a computer using a program he developed, at which point his brain capacity begins to exceed scientific understanding.
Transcendence made its debut in fourth place, behind Captain America, Heaven Is For Real, and the animated Rio 2. Worldwide, the film took in $28.2 million, according to Box Office Mojo, so it still has a long way to go before making back its $100 million production budget. Rio 2 came in third, falling 43.7 percent from its opening weekend but still making an admirable $22 million as the most family friendly option for moviegoers over the Easter weekend.