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Depp flops, Captain America rules US box-office

Published on Apr 22, 2014 6:12 AM
Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. -- FILE PHOTO: DISNEY

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp suffered the worst box-office debut of his career while Captain America: The Winter Soldier maintained its grip on North American theaters, final figures showed on Monday.

Despite being one of the highest paid actors in Tinseltown, Depp's star power was unable to save US$100 million (S$125.3 million) science-fiction thriller Transcendence from crashing with just US$10.9 million on its opening to take fourth spot.

It was the latest in a series of poor openings for movies starring Depp, coming hard on the heels of The Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows and The Rum Diary. The film, which sees Depp play a scientist who escapes death when his brain is uploaded into a huge computer, was the actor's lowest-grossing opening since 2004's Secret Window, which took US$18.2 million.

While Warner Bros. were left picking over the ashes of Transcendence, Disney toasted another solid weekend from Captain America. The latest big-screen adventures of the iconic Marvel superhero, starring Chris Evans, took in US$25.6 million, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

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