Spy is an action spy comedy film of 2015. The movie was written and directed by Paul Feig. The film charts the revolution of a desk-bound CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) as she turns into a field agent who makes an effort to halt the black market sale of a suitcase nuclear agent. The movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox and was produced by Feigco Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment. The film made its theatrical release on June 5, 2015.
The movie boasts a beautiful cast which includes Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper/Penny Morgan, Jason Statham as Rick Ford, Rose Byrne as Rayna Boyanov, Jude Law as Bradley Fine, Miranda Hart as Nancy B. Artingstall, Bobby Cannavale as Sergio De Luca, Allison Janney as Elaine Crocker, Peter Serafinowicz as Albert/Aldo, Morena Baccarin as Karen Walker, Richard Brake as Solsa Dudaev, Nargis Fakhri as Lia, Björn Gustafsson as Anton, 50 Cent as Himself, Verka Serduchka as Himself, Will Yun Lee as Timothy Cress, Carlos Ponce as Matthew Wright, Michael McDonald as Patrick, Mitch Silpa as Fredrick, Steve Bannos as Alan the Bartender, Jessica Chaffin as Sharon, Katie Dippold as Katherine, Zach Woods as Man in Purple Tie, Ben Falcone as American Tourist, Jamie Denbo as Casino Hostess and Paul Feig as Drunken Guest at Paris Hotel.
The movie displays the life of the unassuming CIA analyst Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has spending her entire career on a desk job despite having solid field training. While she works hand-in-hand with the stylish agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law), she uses sate of the art high-tech equipment and a hidden earpiece and acts as the guardian angel of Bradley. Conversely, Bradley is assassinated by Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) and Susan battles her way into her first undercover mission to capture Boyanov and avenge her partner.
The movie received a significant amount of acclaim from the critics where they praised the performances by McCarthy AND Byrne. Although, Jason Statham’s surprising comedic role was also met with admiration. Critics praised McCarthy for being perfectly timed and fantastic when it came to handling the action sequences with the same passion as her comedy and the movie was said to bring out most of the actress.
On the Box Office
Spy grossed $110.8 million in North America and $124.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total amount of $235.6 million, against a budget of only $65 million. In North America, the film made $1.5 million in the early hours of its Thursday night showings, while it grossed an estimated amount of $10.3 million on its opening day from 3,711 theaters, making its way on second place at the box office behind Insidious: Chapter 3. It made its way to the top of the box office in its opening weekend earning $29 million. Outside North America, the movie opened in ten over-seas markets on May 22, 2015, and earned $12.7 million during its opening weekend from 1,810 screens, and coming in fourth place at the box office following Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, and Pitch Perfect 2. In the United Kingdome, Ireland and Malta, Spy opened with $3.9 million. The film made successful openings in South Korea ($4.8 million), Russia and the CIS ($3.1 million), Australia ($2.9 million), Mexico ($1.6 million) and Taiwan ($1.3 million).