Taglines: They’re on track for the biggest steal of their lives.
When Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) gets fired, he convinces his brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a NASCAR Race. But they will need the help of Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a convicted safe-cracker who is currently doing time. All they have to do is break Joe out, blow the racetrack vault, get away with the cash, return Joe to prison, and get Jimmy to his daughter’s beauty pageant on time. What could possibly go wrong? Well, there is the Logan family curse .
Logan Lucky is a 2017 American heist comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh, based on a screenplay and original script written by unknown newcomer Rebecca Blunt. Soderbergh came out of retirement to direct the film and to distribute it independently through his own company Fingerprint Releasing. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan, and follows the unlucky Logan family who plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and try to avoid getting caught by the FBI.
On August 24, 2016, Logan Lucky began filming. Production lasted 36 days, with much of the photography taking place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway during the NASCAR race meetings at both circuits, including forcing the Atlanta outside barriers to be repainted yellow (Charlotte has yellow walls, owing to then-entitlement sponsor Sprint; Atlanta has white walls with red and blue pattern for the charity that is involved with race sponsor QuikTrip) in an attempt to make viewers believe the film was set in Charlotte when it was filmed in Atlanta; for example, the Fox commentators inside the commentary box is from Atlanta, as the commentators are typically positioned on top of the grandstand roof for opening broadcast scenes at Charlotte races, but not Atlanta).
David Holmes composed the score for the film, having previously scored other Soderbergh films including Out of Sight, the Ocean’s Trilogy, and Haywire. The soundtrack was released by Milan Records; it includes a cue “Original Score Medley” by David Holmes, and music by various artists. The film features “Flashing Lights” by Screamin’ Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends.
As of January 7, 2018, Logan Lucky has grossed $27.8 million in the United States and Canada and $19.5 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $47.3 million, against a production budget of $29 million.
In North America, the film was released alongside The Hitman’s Bodyguard and was projected to gross $7–9 million from 3,008 theaters in its opening weekend. Having already covered the cost of the production budget through international advance sales, and the costs of prints and advertising through a deal with Amazon Soderbergh said a debut of $15 million would be needed to be considered a success.
The film made $2.8 million on its first day (including $525,000 from Thursday night previews). It went on to open to $7.6 million, finishing third at the box office behind The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Annabelle: Creation. In its second weekend the film made $4.2 million, dropping 44.2% and finishing in 5th, in what was the lowest combined grossing weekend since September 2001. The film made $4.4 million the following weekend (an increase of 4%) and an estimated $5.5 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend. It was again involved in a historically low weekend, as it was the worst combined holiday weekend since 1998.
Logan Lucky (2017)
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie, Riley Keough, Rebecca Koon, Katie Holmes, Boden Johnston, Seth MacFarlane, Sutton Johnston, David Denman
Screenplay by: Rebecca Blunt
Production Design by: Howard Cummings
Cinematography by: Steven Soderbergh
Film Editing by: Steven Soderbergh
Costume Design by: Ellen Mirojnick
Set Decoration by: Barbara Munch
Art Direction by: Eric R. Johnson, Rob Simons
Music by: David Holmes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some crude comments.
Distributed by: Fingerprint Releasing, Bleecker Street
Release Date: August 18, 2017