The $100-million "Transcendence," in which Depp plays a brilliant researcher, is expected to gross $20 million to $22 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen prerelease audience surveys.
That could clear the way for a third-straight victory by
Financed by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by
Other recent Depp misfires outside the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise include
Warner Bros. is hoping the film will have strong international appeal similar to that of
China is also getting an exclusive 3-D version of "Transcendence," the directing debut of
The wild card is the latest faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real," which opened Wednesday to an estimated $3.7 million and could generate a five-day total of $20 million or more through Sunday.
TriStar Pictures' "Heaven Is For Real," which cost $12 million to make, arrives Easter weekend on the heels of this year's successful Christian movies "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead."
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Todd Burpo, "Heaven is For Real" follows a father who tries to share his son's experience of the hereafter during a near-death incident. Whereas "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead" were aimed mainly at the faithful, distributor
"Heaven Is For Real" stars
Disney's G-rated nature documentary "Bears" will likely saunter forward with around $7 million this weekend, while "A Haunted House 2," the low budget horror-comedy from Open Road Films, is expected to debut to about $10 million. The original "A Haunted House" launched with $18 million in ticket sales on its way to a $40-million domestic total.
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