Breaking In (2018 film)

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Breaking In
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames McTeigue
Screenplay byRyan Engle
Story byJaime Primak Sullivan
Produced by
CinematographyToby Oliver
Edited byJoseph Jett Sally
Music byJohnny Klimek
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Running time
88 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million[3]
Box office$51.4 million[3]

Breaking In is a 2018 American action thriller film[4] directed by James McTeigue and starring Gabrielle Union, who also produced the film alongside Will Packer, James Lopez, Craig Perry, and Sheila Taylor. The film follows a mother who must protect her children after the mansion of her recently deceased father is invaded by burglars.

Principal photography began in July 2017 in Southern California. The film was released in the United States on May 11, 2018. It grossed over $51 million and received mixed reviews, with critics praising Union's performance but describing the film as having "thinly sketched characters and a slapdash plot."[5]


After her father Isaac's murder, Shaun Russell travels with her two children, daughter Jasmine and son Glover, to the house where she grew up. Shaun intends to settle her father's estate and sell the remotely located house, which has multiple security features, including a hand-held remote monitor. When they arrive, the security system is offline, but Jasmine soon reactivates it.

Unknown to the family, four criminals Peter, Sam, Duncan, and the crime boss Eddie – were in the house before them, burglarizing it.Glover and Jasmine are then taken hostage by Duncan and Shaun nearly escapes an ambush from Peter and she escapes into the woods. Duncan, the most violent and mentally unstable member of the group suggests torturing the children for the location of the safe but is rejected by Eddie and Sam who says that Shaun's father never told them where the money is and have never been in contact with them. Then another altercation sparks when Peter chases Shaun into the woods, where Peter gets knocked out by her. She leaves him bound and gagged, and uses the intercom to call the house. Eddie tells her they only came for the safe and the $4 million they know is inside; Isaac was under investigation by both the FBI and the District attorney and Sam had learned that he liquidated his assets. The offenders have only 90 minutes from when they sever the phone lines before the security company contacts authorities, so they want to find it and leave quickly.

Concealed in the trees, Shaun sees Maggie, the realtor, arrive with paperwork for the house sale. Eddie greets her at the door, explaining Shaun had gone into town briefly, and attempts to invite her in. Maggie notices Shaun's purse on the table behind Eddie and knows something is wrong and politely declines. When Maggie turns her back on Eddie and leaves, Duncan ambushes her, and slits her throat, which outrages Eddie, as it means Shaun won't be as controllable.

Shaun eventually finds her way into the house, and gives instructions to Jasmine before she goes back into hiding. Duncan and Eddie threaten Jasmine and Glover to tell them where the safe is and Jasmine leads them to the safe, which Shaun believes only Peter knows how to open. Shaun returns with Peter, a knife at his throat, demanding her family's release. Eddie shoots Peter dead, and Shaun flees back to the woods. Peter had a flash drive containing computer code on a necklace, which is all they needed to crack the safe. With all the money in a bag, Eddie now intends to burn the house down with the children tied up in it to cover their escape, which Sam is uncomfortable with as he thought the plan was to steal the money and not kill anyone. Then Shaun creates a distraction by playing music with the portable hand-held security remote.

Duncan and Sam find Shaun on the roof during another rescue attempt. Shaun tries to plead with them saying they don't have to kill her or her kids. Sam is reluctant not to do so, but Duncan threatens to kill Shaun or he will kill him. Jasmine and Glover managed to free themselves after Jasmine had used a shard of broken glass to cut themselves free and escape from Eddie. When Eddie throws Jasmine to the floor, Glover picks up his gun and tries to shoot him, but misses. Upon hearing the gunshot, Shaun then pushes Sam off the roof to his death where he breaks his neck and dies. Shaun then lands on the ground safely and takes Sam's keys. Shaun, along with her kids run to Sam's truck and mows down Duncan. Eddie blows out the tires and Shaun and her kids run back into the house.

Shaun and the kids lock themselves in the house, thinking it's all over, until they discover the bag of money is still inside. Shaun's husband Justin arrives unexpectedly and Eddie attacks him which convinces Shaun to unlock the door. He finds Shaun with the money bag, doused in gasoline and holding a lighter. Knowing that if he kills her, the lighter will ignite the bag, Eddie unloads his gun and Shaun lets him take the bag of money. But before he can leave, Duncan, who is badly injured and bloodied appears and stabs Eddie to death with his knife before he goes after Shaun. He tells Shaun that he plans to rape her daughter Jasmine out of pure sadism. Duncan appears to be too strong for Shaun to fight and this leads to her running around the house away from him. Jasmine and Glover go back to help their dad until Jasmine hears her mother screams as Duncan attacks her. Jasmine arrives to help her mom and tries knocking Duncan out with a pool stick, but Duncan overpowers her by hitting her and he puts on the pool table to rape her. Shaun sees a nearby gun and attempts to shoot Duncan, but Duncan pushes Jasmine out of the way and kicks the gun away. Shaun tells Duncan he broke into the wrong house and stabs him several times with his knife, killing him. The movie then ends with Shaun and Jasmine going outside to hug Justin and Glover and police sirens can be heard



Principal photography on Breaking In began July 2017 in Los Angeles and Malibu, California.[8][9]

Universal Pictures released the first official trailer for the film on January 11, 2018.[10]


Box office[edit]

Breaking In grossed $46.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $4.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $51.1 million, against a production budget of $6 million.[3] In the United States and Canada, the film was released on May 11, 2018, alongside Life of the Party, and was projected to gross $14–17 million from 2,537 theaters in its opening weekend, with some pundits having it opening in the mid-$20 million range.[11] It made $4.6 million on its first day, including $615,000 from Thursday night previews at 2,150 theaters.[12] It went on to debut to $17.6 million, finishing third, behind Avengers: Infinity War ($62.1 million in its third week) and Life of the Party ($17.9 million); 68% of its audience was female while 73% was over the age of 25.[13] It fell 61% in its second weekend to $6.8 million, finishing fifth at the box office,[14] and another 41% to $4.1 million in its third, finishing sixth.[15]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 27% based on 108 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Breaking In is proof that Gabrielle Union deserves more leading roles — particularly in films that offer more than this rote, disposable action thriller."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.[13]


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