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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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Matt Damon is reteaming with his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold for ‘The Force’

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Nearly 14 years after starring in Martin Scorsese‘s brilliant Infernal Affairs remake The Departed, Matt Damon is set to head back into crooked cop movie territory with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to play the lead role of Denny Malone in Mangold’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 best-selling novel The Force, which is a pretty damn good read if you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In the book, Malone — a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant — is the dirtiest of dirty cops, having stolen millions of dollars worth of cash and narcotics in the wake of one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of New York City.

Little does Malone know, though, that the feds are hot on his tail “and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all,” as the book’s official synopsis puts it.

David Mamet wrote and turned in the first draft of the script for The Force in 2017, but Mangold is currently in the middle of a rewrite with his Logan collaborator Scott Frank, so I suppose we’ll see how that turns out.

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Production begins on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett

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Production is officially underway on Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded new project Nightmare Alley, which features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles.

An adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Cooper), a young and ambitious con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) for a mentalist act, only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, and Mark Povinelli round out the film’s cast, with del Toro alumni such as Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins also said to be in talks to join.

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially supposed to play Cooper’s role but was forced to bow out earlier this year as production on Nightmare Alley would’ve conflicted with that of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and is expected to begin shooting in the spring.

No word yet on when Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing Nightmare Alley, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Excited to start shooting today on our new adventure NIGHTMARE ALLEY with @RealGDT and many of our regular gang. pic.twitter.com/lzPHhXpppI

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to an advance screening of Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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Warner Bros. will release Birds of Prey on February 7 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Birds of Prey happening at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Winners for this contest will be selected and notified on Monday, February 3 via email. Good luck! Below is the official trailer for Birds of Prey as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor

Opens: Friday, February 7

Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material

Synopsis: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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