American box office: Hitman & Bodyguard 2 surprises and takes the lead


Despite fierce criticism from the press, the second installment of the action film starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson pocketed $ 11.6 million in a weekend in the United States and Canada.

Assassinate this movie, please“(New York Post), “proof that some franchises deserve to die“(Time), “a rude and rowdy suite“(The New York Times): no doubt, the American press has decidedly not appreciated Hitman & Bodyguard 2 , the sequel to the first installment of the same name by director Patrick Hugues, released in 2017. And yet. In the United States, the action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek took No. 1 at the box office, dethroning Without a sound 2.

A good surprise for this film which collects only 25% of positive reviews on the basis of 133 press reviews, on the site Rotten Tomatoes . In a weekend, Hitman & Bodyguard 2 has yet achieved $ 11.6 million in revenue, in the United States and Canada, for a total of 17 million in total (including Thursday and the various previews that have already taken place). He thus precedes Without a sound 2, the horrific thriller that became the first feature film to pass the $ 100 million mark across the Atlantic since the Covid crisis.

The public therefore seems to have been seduced by this mix between comedy and action film, carried by big headliners. We find in this second part the character of the former fallen bodyguard, Michael Bryce, still played by Ryan Reynolds. He is in a therapeutic stay, with the instruction not to approach any weapon and to keep away from any violence, but the demons of his past will quickly return to him. Thus, the hitman Darius Kincaid, played once again by Samuel L. Jackson, accompanied by his wife Sonia, played by Salma Hayek, will once again drag him into a dark affair. Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman join the cast of this film, directed as the first part by Patrick Hugues.

The first Hitman, in 2017, had already received a mixed reception by the press, with only 42% positive opinions according to Rotten Tomatoes, but that did not prevent the public from attending: the film had won more than 176 million dollars in the world, for an estimated budget of 30 million dollars. At Figaro, our journalist had moreover rather appreciated this comedy “honest and well put together“,”entertaining buddy movie“.

This second part should however be quickly overtaken by one of the biggest expectations of the summer, Fast and Furious 9, but also Black widow and Suicide Squad. In France, Hitman & Bodyguard 2 hits theaters on June 30.

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