Sony’s Bad Boys for Life continues to impress at the North American box office, where it topped Friday’s chart with $8.9 million for a projected second weekend haul of $30 million or more.
To boot, the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action comedy will zoom past the $100 million mark domestically by Sunday, its 10th day in release.
Sam Mendes’ Oscar best picture contender, 1917, will also cross the century mark sometime over the weekend for Amblin and Universal. The World War I epic looks to place No. 2 for the frame with a stellar $14 million in its third weekend in wide release.
Elsewhere, new offering The Gentlemen, directed by Guy Ritchie, is projected to come in No. 3 for the weekend with around $10 million, in line with expectations. Males made up 60 percent of Friday’s audience, while nearly half of ticket buyers were 35 and older.
The Gentlemen, a star-studded comedic crime-caper, stars Matthews McConaughey as an American expat living in London who wants to sell off his cannabis empire. The ensemble is rounded out by Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong and Colin Farrell.
STXfilms acquired rights to the R-rated pic from Miramax for $7 million. The Gentlemen, earning a B+ CinemaScore from audiences and strong critical reviews, has grossed more than $18 million overseas from its first three markets including the U.K., Ritchie’s home turf.
Robert Downey Jr. and Universal’s family pic Dolittle continues to struggle in its sophomore outing. The big-budget family pic is expected to fall to No. 3 for the weekend with a projected $11 million (that’s slightly ahead of Friday estimates). That would put the movie’s domestic total at an anemic $43 million through Sunday.
New horror pic The Turning, from DreamWorks and Universal, is looking at a lowly fifth-place finish behind Jumanji: The Next Level after becoming the second title of 2020 to earn a rare F CinemaScore from audiences (The Grudge was the other).
Inspired by Henry James’ classic novel The Turn of the Screw, The Turning tells the tale of a nanny who travels to the remote countryside in Maine to take care of two orphans. The film, directed by Floria Sigismondi, stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince and Joely Richardson.
The Turning skewed slightly female on Friday (51 percent), while nearly 80 percent of ticket buyers were 35 and under.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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