Box-Office Preview: 'Logan Lucky' to Battle 'Hitman's Bodyguard' for No. 1
Steven Soderbergh's first film in four years, 'Logan Lucky' features an all-star cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough and Daniel Craig.
If tracking is correct, The Hitman's Bodyguard is expected to shake down Steven Soderbergh's star-studded Logan Lucky when opening nationwide this weekend at the North American box office.
From Lionsgate, Hitman's Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds opposite Samuel L. Jackson. Prerelease surveys show the film collecting as much as $18 million.
Logan Lucky is Soderbergh's first movie in four years. The filmmaker has made a point of saying he is releasing the pic outside of the Hollywood studio system, raising his own marketing funds and partnering with indie distributor Bleecker Street.
Tracking shows Logan Lucky — which stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank — debuting in the $8 million range, although there's plenty of room for upside. (The comedy caper sports a stellar 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)
The film tells the story of three siblings who set out to rob a NASCAR race sponsored by Coca-Cola over Memorial Day weekend.
Directed by Patrick Hughes, Hitman's Bodyguard is likewise billed as an action comedy. The story revolves around a bodyguard who is hired to protect a notorious hitman who is scheduled to testify before the International Court of Justice. Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek also star.