Bad Boys Shoots 1st at the Box Office, Dolittle Does Little
After a 17-year absence, Mike & Marcus took first place with Sony's Bad Boys for Life, above expectations, with an opening weekend of $ 59.1 million and a projected $ 68.1 million 4 days until the weekend of MLK Day, making it the second highest ever opening for the holiday! The trio, which marks the promising Hollywood debut of Belgian film duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, raised $ 38.6 million internationally, for a total of $ 106.7 million over the weekend worldwide.
The last film in the series, Bad Boys II, opened in July 2003 with $ 46.5 million. However, this film cost $ 130 million (not adjusted), with Michael Bay behind the camera and prime time in the summer. Bad Boys for Life has a much lower price of $ 90 million and has proven to be a perfect stock programmer for January. It also showed that Will Smith (whose Gemini Man came to an end last fall) and Martin Lawrence (who hasn't been in a major film since 2011) are still big draws. The film also gained a respectable 76% in rotten tomatoes, so this is a big win for Sony. Bring Bad Boys 4!
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It was a different story for Universal PIctures' family movie, Dolittle (which has been delayed since last summer by expensive reshoots), which debuted in second place with a disappointing $ 22.5 million in the domestic market over the weekend and projected US $ 30 million over 4 days. Internationally, it grossed $ 27.3 million for a worldwide prize of $ 57.3 million over the weekend. This is a major disappointment for the first major post-Avengers role: Robert Downey Jr. Ultimatum, and coupled with an 18% critical consensus and a price tag of $ 175 to $ 200 million, it looks like the first real fiasco of 2020 The film was directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), with remakes supervised by Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
However, Universal's 1917 saved the day in third place, with an incredible $ 22.1 million for its second week of release. The Oscar winner for Best Picture, which fell from 1 to 3, was directed by Sam Mendes and has grossed $ 143.5 million worldwide so far.
Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level dropped a place to fourth, but was ahead of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The sequel led by Dwayne Johnson raised $ 9.5 million for a $ 270.4 million domestic takeover and a $ 711.7 million worldwide network, all but ensuring that there will be another entry into the franchise.
Meanwhile, Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker dropped from # 2 to # 5, with $ 8.3 million for $ 492 million domestic shipping and a worldwide sum of $ 1.028 billion.