Taglines: The world’s top protection agent has a new client: His worst enemy.
With his reputation in tatters after a painfully unsuccessful delivery of a distinguished Japanese client, former triple-A executive protection agent, Michael Bryce, two long years after the disgraceful incident, is now reduced to a mere second-class bodyguard for hire. Under those circumstances, Bryce would do anything to prove his worth once again, and as a result, it won’t be long before he accepts an offer from Interpol to escort the renowned international assassin Darius Kincaid from Manchester to the Hague.
The task seems simple: Bryce only needs to transport the contract killer from point A to point B, nevertheless, Kincaid, as the only one with the guts and enough hard evidence to testify against a tyrannical Belarusian dictator, is an obvious target, while the trip to the Netherlands is long and hazardous. Without a doubt, this is a race against the clock as the mismatched duo will have to put aside their grudges, in a non-stop concerto for bullets.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor, whose script was on the 2011 Black List survey. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek, and follows a bodyguard who is hired to protect a hitman who has to testify at the International Criminal Court.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released in the United States on August 18, 2017, and has grossed $176 million worldwide. The film received mixed reviews, with critics praising Reynolds and Jackson’s chemistry but criticizing the clichéd plot and execution.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard grossed $75.5 million in the United States and Canada and $101.1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $176.6 million, against a production budget of $30 million. In North America, The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released on August 18, 2017 alongside Logan Lucky, and was projected to gross $17–20 million from 3,350 theaters in its opening weekend.
The film made $8 million on its first day (including $1.65 million from Thursday night previews). It went on to open to $21.6 million, topping the box office. In its second weekend the film made $10.2 million, finishing first at the box office in what was the combined lowest-grossing weekend since September 2001.
The film made another $10.2 million the following weekend, becoming the 3rd film of 2017 to finish atop the box office for three straight weeks. However, while it made an estimated $12.9 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend, was again involved in a historically low weekend, as it was the worst combined holiday weekend since 1998.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung, Richard E. Grant, Roy Hill, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Noortje Herlaar, Georgie Glen, Michael Gor, Ralitsa Vassileva
Screenplay by: Tom O’Connor
Production Design by: Russell De Rozario
Cinematography by: Jules O’Loughlin
Film Editing by: Jake Roberts
Costume Design by: Stephanie Collie
Set Decoration by: Claire Nia Richards
Art Direction by: Tim Blake, Paula Loos, Katie Money, Ivan Ranghelov, Jan Rutgers
Music by: Atli Örvarsson
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout.
Distributed by: Summit Entertainment, Millennium Media
Release Date: August 18, 2017