Weekend Box Office Update: "Rio 2" Soars, "Transcendence" Flops

The weekend box office continues to offer no surprised this week, with the Johnny Depp starrer Transcendence looking like a flop and likely to take fourth place behind previous chart toppers. The real fight is once again between Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the animated hit Rio 2. The jungle adventure (that’s Rio, in case you’re one of the few out there, who haven’t seen either) is looking likely to take the top spot this week, by the minimal margin of $2 million over Cap.

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Despite Johnny Depp's star power, Transcendence is barely making a ripple at the box office.

Rio 2 is predicted to make roughly $27 million over the three day period, while Captain America is predicted similar earnings to last weekend - $25 million, according to Variety. Winter Soldier has grossed almost $510 million worldwide ($175 million domestically), while Rio 2 has tallied $177.2 million ($53 million domestically) through Thursday.

Watch The Winter Soldier trailer below. 

 
As for Tanscendence, the big budget sci-fi flick hasn’t isn’t likely to justify Warner Bros.’ $100 million investment. The film has a somewhat disappointing domestic launch of $16 million this week. This might be due to insufficient promotion, poor word of mouth, negative reviews (the film currently holds a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) or most likely a combination of all three. Thanks to its upcoming Chinese release, however, the film still has a chance of making up for the poor profits with international earnings.

Watch the Rio 2 trailer below.


 
The sci-fi thriller is a technophobic tale of a scientist, who is suffering from a terminal illness, after a lifetime of working on the digital preservation of human consciousness. To evade death, he becomes the first test subject and uploads his own consciousness. However, eternal consciousness comes at a price. Transcendence is the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, a longtime collaborator of Christopher Nolan’s who won on Oscar for Inception back in 2011.

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Chris Evans as Captain America - Poor Cap seems to be falling behind a pair of animated parrots.


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