Los Angeles, 2018: An armored truck makes a stop at a coffee shop. Within moments, a team of robbers led by Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) attacks and tries to break into the truck. The tense situation leads to the robbers opening fire and killing all of the guards. Police officers arrive on the scene and engage in a shootout with the robbers. Eventually, Merrimen and his crew make off with the empty armored truck, but he reprimands Bosco (Evan Jones) for killing the first guard.
In the morning, Detective Nick “Big Nick” O’Brien (Gerard Butler) investigates the crime scene. He has been monitoring Merrimen and his crew for a while, whereas Merrimen holds a grudge against Nick for killing one of his men. Nick finds Donnie at the bar where he works and kidnaps him for interrogation. In a flashback, Merrimen is planning to rob the Federal Reserve on Friday of that week by covertly removing about $30 million in old bills with deleted serial numbers before they are shredded.
Merrimen has Donnie gain access into the Federal Reserve by working as a Chinese food deliveryman. In the ceiling of the Bank’s bathroom, he stashes an extra bag of food, and a delivery uniform, for the day of the big heist. At home, Nick’s wife Debbie (Dawn Olivieri) discovers that Nick has been going behind her back seeing other women, particularly strippers. Incensed, she leaves with their daughters and has her lawyer serve Nick divorce papers.
Nick spots Donnie at a restaurant with Merrimen and his crew, which makes them suspicious when Nick calls Donnie out. At their hideout, Merrimen has his right-hand man Levi (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) roughly interrogate Donnie to make sure he hasn’t revealed their plans to Nick. Donnie convinces him that he hasn’t told him anything about the robbery.
Later on, Levi’s daughter has a date arrive to pick her up for a school dance. Levi pulls the boy aside to introduce him to Merrimen and the rest of their crew to intimidate him into being on his best behaviour with Levi’s daughter. Meanwhile, Nick drunkenly crashes a small get-together at the home of Debbie’s sister. He obnoxiously signs the divorce papers, and gets belligerent with Debbie’s new boyfriend, before he is told to leave. Nick then goes to a strip club and goes home with a stripper, unaware the stripper was hired by Merrimen to examine his phone handset. The next morning, at his daughter’s school, Nick makes a desperate unscheduled effort to see his daughter.
Den of Thieves is a 2018 American heist film co-written, directed and produced by Christian Gudegast. The film stars Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, and Max Holloway. It follows an elite group of County Sheriff Deputies who look to stop a gang of thieves that plan to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles.
The film was released in the United States on January 19, 2018, has grossed $36.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $9.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $45.4 million, against a production budget of $30 million. In the United States and Canada, Den of Thieves was released on January 19, 2018 alongside 12 Strong and Forever My Girl, as well as the wide expansions of Phantom Thread, I, Tonya and Call Me by Your Name, and was projected to gross $7–10 million from 2,432 theaters in its opening weekend. It ended up performing above projections, debuting to $15.3 million and finishing third at the box office behind holdover Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and 12 Strong.
Den of Thieves (2018)
Directed by: Christian Gudegast
Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent, Meadow Williams, Maurice Compte, Brian Van Holt, Evan Jones, Kaiwi Lyman, Dawn Olivieri, Eric Braeden, Jordan Bridges
Screenplay by: Christian Gudegast
Production Design by: Kara Lindstrom
Cinematography by: Terry Stacey
Film Editing by: David Cox,Joel Cox, Nathan Godley
Costume Design by: Terry Anderson
Set Decoration by: Leonard R. Spears
Art Direction by: Elizabeth Boller
Music by: Cliff Martinez
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some sexuality / nudity.
Distributed by: SÜX Entertainment
Release Date: January 19, 2018