Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Is Box Office Disappointment Coming for “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” Despite Terrific Actors, Apparently No Script?


It looks like we’ve got a big box office disappointment coming in this week.

Yesterday, “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” opened poorly with less than $4 million to cover Wednesday, Tuesday night previews and earlier screenings.

Now LionsGate is preparing for a much lower five day total through the weekend. If they don’t make $14 million, things will be very bleak.

The original film made $75 million in the US and another $100 million internationally. That’s not a massive hit, but Avi Lerner and co. went ahead with sequel. Even if the sequel cost nothing to make, they thought they’d have a hit again.

But Rotten Tomatoes scores it around 27% and the audience interest is only at 83%. This is despite terrific actors– Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, and Salma Hayek. Who wouldn’t want to see them in action comedy?

But the reviews say there was so script, and that the movie is plodding and repetitive. Theatergoers may wind up putting off their return to movie houses and wait for “Fast and Furious 9” next week.

Me? I thought this was called “The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife.” Maybe that was a better idea. If this one is a dud I doubt we’ll see a third installment, but you know it will be a TV series in five years if not less.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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