Sunday, January 19, 2020

Weekend Box-Office: BAD BOYS FOR LIFE Delivers $68M MLK Debut


Sony's "Bad Boys For Life" scored an impressive debut over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, while Universal's family adventure film "Dolittle" performed slightly better than projected, but still ended up flopping.

Find out more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"Bad Boys for Life", the third installment in the "Bad Boys" action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, opened in first place with $59.1 million over the 3-day weekend,  and $68.1 million for the 4-day MLK holiday. This is the second largest MLK weekend gross and January three-day debut ever, ahead of "Ride Along" ($41.5 million 3-day and $48.6 million 4-day), but behind "American Sniper" ($89.2 million 3-day and $107.2 million 4-day). It's also Sony's largest R-rated opening ever, topping "22 Jump Street" ($57 million). Internationally, the film opened in 39 markets and raked in $38.6 million. 

From a franchise perspective, "Bad Boys for Life" has a strong chance of surpassing both previous installments. The first film opened with $15.5 million in 1995 and finished its theatrical run with $65 million domestically and $75.6 million internationally ($141.4 million worldwide). "Bad Boys II" scored a $46.5 million debut in 2003 and went on to gross $138.6 million in the U.S. and another $134.7 million from overseas markets ($273.3 million worldwide).

"Bad Boys for Life" is also the best reviewed film in the trilogy, with a 76% score on Rotten Tomatoes and 59 on Metacritic. And, the audience reception has been enthusiastic with a 97% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes and an "A" grade from CinemaScore's polls.

In second place we find the much-maligned "Dolittle" starring Robert Downey Jr. The film was expected to flop, which it did, but at least it got away with a better debut than the studio's other bomb, "Cats", grossing $22.5 million for the 3-day and an estimated $30 million for the 4-day weekend. Still, that's peanuts compared to the film's $175 million production budget. 
The film has opened in 46 international markets and raked in $17.2 million over the weekend for an overseas total of $27.3 million. "Dolittle" received almost universally negative reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the film an 18% rating. It also holds a score of 27 on Metacritic. Audiences may have been more forgiving, judging from the 76% Audience Score on Rotten, and the mediocre, but not terrible, "B" grade from CinemaScore.
The war epic "1917", which just won top PGA honors this weekend, finished in third place with $22.1 million for the 3-day weekend, and $27 million for the four-day holiday. Its domestic cume has reached $81.6 million in its fourth week in theaters, while overseas it added another 26 million for an international total of $61.9 million.
"Jumani: The Next Level"  continues to perform well, landing in fourth place with $9.5 million for the 3-day and $12.5 million for the 4-day. The film dropped just 31.7% this weekend, and its domestic tally is now at $273.4 million. Overseas it raked in $17 million this weekend, and its international cume has reached $438.3 million.

The Top 5 is rounded out by "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" which continues its steep decline. The film has dropped 45% this weekend, grossing $8.3 million for the 3-day and $10.6 million for the 4-day. The film has grossed a total of $494.2 million domestically and $534.6 million overseas.

New Wide Releases: "Bad Boys For Life", "Dolittle".

Biggest Drop : "Like a Boss" (-62%)

Smallest Drop : "Knives Out" (-24%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Bad Boys for Life $59.1M $68.1M $38.6M $90M
2 Dolittle $22.5M $30M $27.3M $175M
3 1917 $22.1M $81.6M $61.9M $90M
4 Jumanji: The Next Level $9.5M $273.4M $438.3.M $125M
5 Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker $8.3M $494.2M $534.6M $275M
6 Just Mercy $6M $21.6M $1.3M N/A
7 Little Women $5.9M $85.8M $44.3M $40M
8 Knives Out $4.3M $146.9M $131M $40M
9 Like a Boss $3.8M $17.5M $1M $29M
10 Frozen II $3.7M $466.2M $936.2M $150M


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