While one Hollywood reboot successfully restarted a film franchise at the weekend box office, moviegoers banished the other to pasture.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys for Life — opening 17 years after the last installment in their franchise hit the big screen — zoomed to an estimated $73.4 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, including $62.2 million for the three days (that’s up from Sunday’s estimates of $68 million and $59.2 million). The film’s release marks the second-best showing ever for the holiday frame, and Sony’s biggest R-rated bow.
The action-comedy also wowed overseas, where it collected $37.3 million from 39 markets.
Bad Boys 3 continues Sony’s winning streak following Jumanji: The Next Level and best picture Oscar contenders Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Little Women.
The movie’s audience was led by African-Americans (42 percent) and males (56 percent). Impressively, 58 percent of ticket buyers were 35 years old and younger, according to PostTrak. Bad Boys 3 cost $90 million to produce before marketing. Years in the making because of budget concerns, the R-rated pic was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. It scored solid reviews and an A CinemaScore.
Bad Boys for Life — which has a shot at grossing well north of $160 million domestically by the end of its run — is a needed win for Smith, who is among the movie’s producers, following his big-budget miss Gemini Man.
One of the world’s other major movie stars, Robert Downey Jr., didn’t enjoy the same weekend, however, as Universal’s Dolittle wasn’t so fortunate at the box office.
The big-budget effort, which stars Downey in his first post-Iron Man role, bombed in its U.S. debut with an estimated four-day debut of $29.5 million, including $22 million for the three days. (That down from Sunday’s estimates of $30 million and $22.5 million, respectively).
At this rate, the family movie could lose tens of millions for Universal unless it performs well internationally. So far overseas, Dolittle has earned $30.3 million from its first raft of territories for a projected global total of $57 million through Sunday, but it has yet to bow in most major markets (the only two so far are South Korea and Australia).
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Sony
Follow us on Twitter @HighlightHwd or @LightfootinHwd