Will Smith’s Bad Boys for Life rocked the box office in its second weekend, grossing $34 million to finish Sunday with a domestic total of $120.6 million and helping to boost January revenue overall.
Worldwide, the pic zipped past the $200 million mark after earning another $42 million overseas from 58 markets for a foreign total of $95 million and $215.6 million globally.
The third installment in Smith and Martin Lawrence’s action-comedy franchise has continued to exceed expectations since its launch 10 days ago, considering it had been 17 years since the last installment in the Sony series played on the big screen.
Sam Mendes’ best picture Oscar contender 1917 also marched past the $100 million mark domestically — as well as $200 million globally.
Both Bad Boys 3 and 1917 are contributing to a gain of more than 12 percent in January box office revenue year-to-date.
And 1917, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Universal, is a much-needed balm for Universal in the wake of the misfire Cats and now Robert Downey Jr.’s family pic Dolittle.
Coming in third in its second outing, Dolittle grossed $12.5 million for an anemic domestic cume of $44.7 million. Internationally, the event pic took in $13.2 million from 55 markets for an offshore tally of $46.4 million and an anemic $91.1 million globally against a net budget of $175 million before marketing.
Among new movies, Guy Ritchie’s star-studded crime caper The Gentlemen landed in fourth place with $11 million. The pic came in on the high end of expectations, despite having to compete with Bad Boys 3 for male moviegoers.
The Gentlemen stars Matthews McConaughey as an American expat living in London who wants to sell off his cannabis empire. The pic’s ensemble is rounded out by Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong and Colin Farrell. Overseas, the film has earned $22.5 million for an early global total of $33.5 million.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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