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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is heading towards a record-breaking $300 million domestic debut

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Following the slowest Easter box office weekend in more than a decade, Avengers: Endgame is preparing to shake things up this weekend as the upcoming Marvel superhero film is expected to launch in North America with what could be a massive $300 million debut at the domestic box office.

Analysts say Endgame is tracking a North American opening between $250 million and $300 million, with some trackers predicting that, based on the immense amount of pre-sale tickets sold, it will come in on the higher end of that spectrum, giving it the potential to break the record for biggest domestic debut of all time—a title currently held by last year’s Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million).

On Thursday, the film opened with a record $60 million from early preview screenings and is expected to bring in another $80 million from a whopping 4,662 theaters by the end of the day Friday.

Overseas, Endgame is expected to do even bigger business with a projected global launch between $850 million and $900 million, easily surpassing the $640 million made by Infinity War and making it the biggest global debut of all time. Some analysts believe the film could surpass $1 billion at the global box office in less than a week.

Pre-sale ticket numbers for Endgame are astonishing, with retailers like Atom Tickets reporting earlier this month that the film sold more tickets on their service in the first hour of pre-sales than Infinity War did in 2018.

AMC Theatres, which says its sold more tickets to Endgame than any other film in advance of its release, will have 17 of its locations open around the clock for more than 72 hours beginning Thursday night and ending Sunday in order to accommodate the high demand.

“With a desire to satisfy as many Marvel fans as possible on Thursday and through the weekend, AMC’s programming team is reviewing ticket sales theatre by theatre and adding showtimes later and later,” AMC’s EVP of worldwide programming Elizabeth Frank said in a statement.

The hype for Endgame, as wild as it may be, is understandable given the fact that it’s the long-awaited grand conclusion to the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first of which kicked off with Iron Man in 2008.

The film will pick up just after the grave course of events set in motion by Thanos at the end of Infinity War that wiped out half the universe and follows the remaining Avengers as they come together to take down the intergalactic villain once and for all.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Endgame features an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, and Josh Brolin, among many others.

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The ‘Uncharted’ movie is probably just one of those things that’s never actually going to get made

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Between Spider-Man parting ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now this new development regarding the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Uncharted, it’s been a pretty eventful and rather unfortunate week for Tom Holland.

Dan Trachtenberg, the fifth director to be attached to Uncharted, has reportedly exited the project for unspecified reasons, though it’s likely it had to do with creative differences or whatever bullshit excuse it is that these studios manage to pull out of their asses whenever a director leaves a high-profile project.

Again, Trachtenberg was not the first, second, third, or fourth director to be attached to be Uncharted, but the FIFTH. David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy were all attached to the project at one point or another but ended up leaving for various different reasons.

On the bright side (?), however, Sony is already looking to lock down a replacement for Trachtenberg and a new director should be in place soon in anticipation of the film’s early 2020 production start.

But, like, let’s be real here for a second; what are the chances of the Uncharted movie actually happening at this point? This is a truly cursed production and if it does actually ever get made, I vow to release my tax returns.

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Adam Driver and Annette Bening work to expose the CIA’s torture program in ‘The Report’ trailer

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Another day, another trailer for a movie starring Adam Driver; a few days after Netflix blessed us with two teasers trailers for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Amazon Studios has released the first trailer Scott Z. Burns’ The Report.

Driver stars here as idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones, who is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s inhumane Detention and Interrogation Program, which was formed in the wake of 9/11 and used “enhanced interrogation techniques” — that’s government codeword for torture.

“Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public,” reads the synopsis.

In addition to Driver and Bening, The Report features one hell of an impressive ensemble cast that includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney.

The film premiered at and was purchased out of the Sundance Film Festival in January and currently boasts a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it sounds like we’re going to be in for quite a treat when The Report hits theaters on November 15 and Prime Video on November 29.

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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Margot Robbie glare intensely at each other in the ‘Bombshell’ trailer

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Despite taking place entirely in a hot, stuffy elevator and featuring little to no dialogue, the first trailer for Jay Roach’s Fox News drama Bombshell about the downfall of Roger Ailes does a pretty damn good job of showcasing what is likely to be a serious contender this awards season.

Written by Charles Randolph, Bombshell chronicles the inevitable collapse of Ailes’ reign at Fox News, where he served as chairman and CEO up until his resignation in 2016 amid dozens of sexual harassment and abuse allegations from several female employees at the conservative media empire.

Among the many women who accused Ailes of misconduct were former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who are played here by Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, respectively, while Margot Robbie plays as a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil.

As if those three stars weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast also includes the likes of John Lithgow (who plays Ailes), Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, and Stephen Root.

I don’t know about you, but I dig everything about this trailer (I could literally watch Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie glaring at each other in an elevator all day) and I’m actually pretty excited to see how Bombshell turns out when it drops in December.

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