The Bottom Line: August 18, 2017
Steven Soderbergh emerges from his self-imposed retirement and brings newcomer Daniel Craig along with him. Find out how Logan Lucky will do in this week’s edition of The Bottom Line!
Box Office Top Five
Annabelle: Creation proved that the Conjuringverse is still going strong by opening up in first place, taking in $35.1 million. Dunkirk took the number two slot with $10.9 million, and The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature showed that a sequel to a movie no one remembers can still open at number three at the box office with $8.4 million. The Dark Tower dropped to fourth place, taking in $7.9 million. Girls Trip rounded out the top five with $6.5 million.
A Closer Look at Some of this Week’s Films.
Logan Lucky (PG-13) 119 mins.
A while back, director Steven Soderbergh announced his official retirement from feature filmmaking, marking 2013’s Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra as his final two films. As it turns out, that “retirement” was more of a break while he did a bunch of other stuff. Over the last four years, he’s directed every episode of the Cinemax series The Knick, started his own liquor distribution label and t-shirt line, posted odd editing projects on his website, and even wrote a novella and released it through Twitter. The dude has not exactly been taking it easy, but still, it’s exciting to see him return to the world of moviemaking after taking some time away from it all.
It helps that the movie looks like a total blast, too. Trailers indicate a spiritual successor to Soderbergh’s Ocean’s series, but removing the Vegas setting and placing the action at a raceway in North Carolina. The cast is incredible, and includes the likes of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Sebastian Stan, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Katie Holmes, and Hilary Swank. But it seems the performance everyone is going to be talking about is Daniel Craig as Joe Bang. It’s his first non-Bond film in six years (not counting his masked cameo in The Force Awakens), and he looks to be really letting loose in this role in a way I don’t think we’ve really seen him do.
As for the film’s box office prospects, I think it could do well. It’s got a ton of star power and the trailers promise an incredibly fun time. I’m saying it opens at number one, if Annabelle: Creation doesn’t manage to keep that slot.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (R) 111 mins.
While there’s something to be said for the considerable star power The Hitman’s Bodyguard brings to the table in the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, this movie looks like a disappointment. It could still do ok, but the R-rating and the wealth of better options out there make me think that this movie won’t do particularly well. I’ll say it opens in third for now, and we’ll see how it goes from there.
Patti Cake$ (R) 108 mins.
This could potentially be the feel-good movie of the summer. It’s an underdog story about an unlikely rapper who finds her way to becoming a hip-hop legend. Reactions have been positive, and it opens in limited release this weekend. If it’s playing near you, this should definitely be one to check out.
The Bottom Line
Logan Lucky will take first place, while Annabelle: Creation will drop to second. The Hitman’s Bodyguard will open at number three, and we’ll see Dunkirk finally start to fall as it hits number four. Girls Trip will yet again round out the top five.
Movies To Look Forward To:
Birth of the Dragon, Leap!, Tulip Fever (August 25th)
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