Friday, April 19, 2024

Nicholas Cage’s “Massive Talent” Proved Unbearable at Box Office with Lower Than Expected Crash


I guess the hope for “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” was it was going to be “Being Nicholas Cage” a la “Being John Malkovich.”

Alas, the massive weight proved unbearable for actual Nicholas Cage fans. The indie movie, released by Lions Gate, was looking for an $8 million start over the weekend. It fell quite short with just $7.1 million.

Cage is eccentric beyond the meaning of the word. His best work is long ago. He’s made dozens of B or C movies in the last few years, has had several wives, and many stories about financial peril. That’s his career since winning an Oscar decades ago for his portrayal of an alcoholic gambler in “Leaving Las Vegas.” He is trying to make a comeback, maybe. Another release, “Pig,” which I could not navigate, earned a recent career high of $3.8 million in limited release. It also brought Cage some nice reviews after a decade or more in the wilderness.

So the idea of spoofing him probably seemed like a good one. “Massive Talent” is a terrible title and one no one can remember or understand. Still, it’s managed to pull an 88 on Rotten Tomatoes. So that’s something. Our own Leah Sydney really liked it. But the film seems like it’s destined for streaming or VOD cult fan status.

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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