Sony’s Bad Boys for Life, which makes a return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The movie earned $6.36 million at the Thursday box office in pre-shows starting at 4 p.m. from 3,154 screens. This weekend, it opens on 3,740+ screens.
Sony’s movie established a record for research showing in January, crush Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper from 2014. That movie grossed $5.3 million while it developed into full release over Martin Luther King Day weekend, and it went on to earn $100 million+ in that development weekend.
‘Bad Boys for Life’ also opens against Universal’s ‘Dolittle…’
Bad Boys for Life of Sony even starts against Universal’s family movie Dolittle, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as the renowned surgeon who realizes he can talk to animals. Both films go into the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend as Warner Bros.’ Just Mercy and Universal’s 1917 (fresh off 10 Oscar namings) expect to extend their dominant performances in the wide release.
Fans supported Bad Boys and excited to view Smith and Lawrence serve together for one last ride. The studio is figuring a $38 million four-day weekend and likely as high as a $40 million opening against an estimate of $90 million.
That budget is really less than the vast $130 million price tag of its forerunner, Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II,, from 2003. That movie earned $46.5 million in its releasing weekend on its way to $273.3 million globally, and it’s incredible Bad Boys for Life suits that overall appearance.
Although it’s expecting to beat a reboot of another Will Smith holding Sony released last summer, Men in Black: International. While Smith did not come back for that continuation, the movie earned $3.1 million in previews and started to $30 million.
Smith and Lawrence come back as Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett
Bad Boys for Life marks Smith and Lawrence come back as Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, the once-friendly cop duo that has floated independently and are contemplating removal.
Although they are required to come together with one more time following they are targeted for retaliation by the brother of a mob boss they conquered years before (Jacob Scipio).
The film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Adil & Bilall) from a script by Chris Bremner, Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan. It now has a 74% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Dolittle earned $925,000 in Thursday previews starting at 5:00 p.m. from 3,050 screens and presents on 4,155 North American screens this weekend.
The production house predicted an opening in the less to mid $20 million round, but that was before analysts saddled the family parody with a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Downey Jr. features in the animal fantasy that has a stated estimate of $175 million, which could place it in line to break harder than Universal’s other furry, CGI scene, the weekend release of “Cats.” That film made $2.6 million in previews and started to just $6.6 million previous month.
Dolittle features Downey as the popular doctor who has the skill to communicate with animals. When Queen Victoria falls gravely sick, Dolittle is slowly dragged out of his reclusive life to aid get a cure.
Harry Collett, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Sheen also feature beside a voice cast that involves Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard.
The movie directed by Stephen Gaghan from a script he co-wrote with Dan Gregor and Doug Mand.