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Box office: ‘Rogue One’ tracking massive $130 million debut in U.S.

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Disney has been having an incredibly successful year at the box office and now, according to early tracking, their winning streak will continue with the fast-approaching debut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story next month.

Box office analysts unveiled pre-release tracking information on Tuesday morning that appears to show the standalone Star Wars film on the path to a massive $130 million or higher debut in North America which would break box office records and make it one of the biggest December openings of all time. Could that really be the case, though?

Tracking data isn’t always the most accurate, reliable way of predicting openings at the box office. Not to suggest that analysts aren’t good at what they do, as compiling information such as early ticket sales and social media interest and putting it all together is an incredibly complicated task, but it really can be a guessing game and shouldn’t necessarily be set in stone.

When box office agencies released pre-release tracking data for 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds earlier this year, the numbers showed the raunchy R-rated superhero movie opening somewhere in the $55 to $60 million range. The film proved those predictions wrong once opening weekend came and earned Deadpool a record-breaking $132.4 million—a perfect example of why tracking isn’t always the most accurate.

To be fair, analysts have been fairly precise with their tracking data as of recent, accurately predicting the openings of films such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Doctor Strange. Let’s stay hopeful and keep our fingers crossed that they’re correct about Rogue One because I would love to see this movie set a few records.

Directed by Gareth Edwards from a screenplay penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, Rogue One takes place immediately before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and follows a group of unlikely heroes, led by Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, who band together on a mission to steal top-secret plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.

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Nicolas Cage to play Nicolas Cage in meta drama ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’

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In a rather extremely unexpected development, Lionsgate is close to nearing a deal to acquire the rights to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a film that will find Nicolas Cage playing none other than Nicolas Cage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, centers on a fictionalized version of Cage who “is desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter.”

The plot only gets more bizarre from there, however, as Cage “is also under a mountain of debt and finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire, who happens to be a fan of Cage’s work.”

It isn’t long, though, before Cage finds out that the billionaire “is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee,” and that he will need to go undercover for the United States government to gather intelligence.

Gormican and Etten’s script reportedly features references to Cage classics such as Face-Off, Leaving Las Vegas, and Gone in 60 Seconds, and is tonally similar to JCVD starring John Claude Van Damme and Get Shorty starring John Travolta.

Cage is currently in talks to join the meta movie project, which has Gromican attached to direct and Kevin Turen to produce along with Cage and Mike Nilon.

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’ rounds out its cast as production gets underway in Hawaii

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Fox Searchlight announced Wednesday that it has acquired worldwide rights to Next Goal Wins, writer-director Taika Waititi’s follow-up to his World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, which opened in theaters last month.

Production is currently underway in Honolulu, Hawaii on the film, which stars Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss and tells the story of the American Samoa soccer team, who suffered the most devastating loss in World Cup history, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001. With the 2014 World Cup approaching, the team recruits a down on his luck, maverick coach (Fassbender) to help turn their fate around.

In addition to Fassbender and Moss, the film’s cast also includes the likes of Oscar Kightley, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, and Kaimana in their debut role.

“I’ve just started production on my next film Next Goal Wins,” Waititi said in a statement. “We have such an amazing cast and crew behind this film, and I’m stoked to be partnering once again with the lovely people at Fox Searchlight Pictures.”

Waititi wrote the script for Next Goal Wins along with Iain Morris, based on the 2014 documentary of the same name. Jonathan Cavendish, Garrett Basch, and Waititi are producers, with Andy Serkis, Will Tennant, and Kathryn Dean executive producing.

“Taika is an incredible talent and master at bringing honesty and humanity to the surface in any story. We are thrilled to be working with him again on such an extraordinary true story of perseverance in the face of defeat. He has brought together a terrific group of actors, craftspeople and sports players to bring this unique story to life,” said Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, presidents of production at Fox Searchlight.

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Ben Affleck struggles with alcohol addiction, recovery in Gavin O’Connor’s ‘The Way Back’ trailer

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The Way Back, which finds director Gavin O’Connor reuniting with his The Accountant star Ben Affleck for what appears to be a heavier sort of sports drama that explores alcohol addiction and recovery.

Affleck stars here as Jack Cunningham, a one-time high school sports prodigy whose life is spiraling downward due to the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life for himself.

However, Jack’s opportunity for a better life eventually comes when he’s asked to go back to his alma mater to coach the basketball team, which has been underperforming and desperately needs new leadership in order to succeed this season.

Slowly but surely, the team starts to get their act together and manages to start winning some games, proving Jack’s ability to coach, but whether that’s enough to help him cope with his addiction and set him on the road to redemption remains to be seen.

Brad Ingelsby scripted the film, which is produced by O’Connor along with Gordon Gray, Jennifer Todd, and Ravi Mehta. Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman also star alongside Affleck.

The Way Back opens in theaters March 6, 2020.

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