Au­di­ences, crit­ics di­verge on ‘Lo­gan Lucky,’ ‘Body­guard’

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Crit­ics loved “Lo­gan Lucky” and gave a big col­lec­tive shrug to “The Hit­man’s Body­guard,” but when it came to the test of the mar­ket­place, au­di­ences went their own way.

The two ac­tion flicks faced off this week­end, and “The Hit­man’s Body­guard” emerged the vic­tor with a chart-top­ping $21.6 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day, while “Lo­gan Lucky” sput­tered on ar­rival with $8.1 mil­lion.

Both had no­table stars, “Lo­gan Lucky” has Chan­ning Ta­tum and Daniel Craig, while “The Hit­man’s Body­guard” boasts Ryan Reynolds and Sa­muel L. Jackson, both were open­ing in over 3,000 the­aters and both cost around $30 mil­lion to pro­duce. Also, both were tar­geted to­ward adults, although one was Rrated (“Hit­man’s Body­guard”) and one PG-13 (“Lo­gan Lucky”).

But when it came to re­views, crit­ics vastly pre­ferred “Lo­gan Lucky,” which boasts a “fresh” 93 per­cent Rot­ten Toma­toes score, while “The Hit­man’s Body­guard” rests at a “rot­ten” 39 per­cent. And yet, when pre­sented with the choice, au­di­ences on the whole put their dol­lars to­ward “The Hit­man’s Body­guard.” Even the Cine­maS­core was flipped with “The Hit­man’s Body­guard” earn­ing a B+ and “Lo­gan Lucky” a B — nei­ther of which, it should be noted, is par­tic­u­larly promis­ing for fu­ture word of mouth.

“It was a bat­tle of the ac­tion en­sem­ble cast movies. Au­di­ences looked at these two ac­tion movies in the mar­ket­place and made a de­ci­sion,” said Paul Der­garabe­dian, a se­nior me­dia an­a­lyst for comS­core. It (“The Hit­man’s Body­guard”) pro­vided a per­fect es­cape.”

JACK ENGLISH/AP

Sa­muel L. Jackson, left, and Ryan Reynolds in “The Hit­man's Body­guard,” the week­end’s top-gross­ing film.

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