Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Falling Star: Oscar Winner Nicolas Cage’s Latest Film Makes Just $5,000 in Weekend Release


Nicolas Cage once won an Oscar for “Leaving Las Vegas.” He was the star of movies like “Face/Off,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” and “Moonstruck.”

That was a long time ago.

This weekend, Cage’s latest almost-straight-to-video release made just five thousand dollars playing on nine screens. That’s $556 per theater. That’s not enough to butter the popcorn.

What happened to Nicolas Cage, nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and cousin to Sofia Coppola and Jason Schwartzman? He was a star. But it’s been 10 years since he was in an actual hit– “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” which made $220 million.

That Indian Jones rip off was the sequel to the first “National Treasure” movie in 2004. But Cage’s career was already sputtering to an end as he made one crappy movie after another to pay extraordinary personal bills.

“Vengeance” was his first release since 2014’s “Left Behind,” which made $14 million– with an opening weekend of $6 million.

What makes this so bad is that “Vengeance” is based on a story by famed author Joyce Carol Oates with a screenplay by David Mankiewicz. But it’s got a not well known director and co-stars include Don Johnson and, believe it or not, Charlene Tilton of “Dallas” fame.

The only advice anyone can give him is what Cher said to him in “Moonstruck”: “Snap out of it!”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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