In the new sci-fi film "Transcendence,"
As a leading man, Depp has endured his own share of misfortunes in recent years — at the box office and with critics — and though he remains an international star, "Transcendence," opening Friday from
In terms of genre, the film by cinematographer-turned-director
Initial reviews of "Transcendence" have been underwhelming: It currently has a woeful "24% fresh" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The film could have a tough time at the box office as well. According to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys, "Transcendence" is expected to gross $20 million to $25 million domestically over its first weekend, a paltry amount for a film that cost $100 million to produce.
Prior to "Transcendence," Depp most recently appeared in
Depp's previous film, 2012's
Other recent Depp films that fizzled at the box office include
Depp's most recent hit was 2011's
"Stranger Tides" took in $241 million domestically and crossed the worldwide $1-billion mark. That said, the film was not well reviewed and left many moviegoers feeling that the series has worn out its welcome. (A fifth installment is nonetheless in the works.)
Outside the "Pirates" franchise, Depp hasn't had a real hit since 2010's
Though Depp has struggled at the box office in recent years, films like "Stranger Tides" and "Alice" do demonstrate that he can be still be a huge draw, particularly overseas. Not coincidentally, "Transcendence" is also opening in China on Friday, and Depp recently traveled there to promote the movie to world's second-biggest film market.
At home, however, it will be tough for Depp to transcend his recent rut.