Bad Boys are back in a big way!
The first assignment in 17 years for detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett was also their biggest yet, overpowering the $46.5 million start of BAD BOYS II in 2003 and the $15.5 million opening of the original BAD BOYS way back in 1995.
The R-rated reunion of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence was the second-biggest January opening ever behind the $89.2 million wide expansion of AMERICAN SNIPER in 2015, and is expected to haul in $68 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
It’s also a nimble recovery for Smith, whose expensive PG-13 action movie GEMINI MAN flagged with a $20.5 million opening and $48.5 million domestic finish last October.
Directed by Belgian duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (taking over for mayhem maestro Michael Bay), the sequel cost a reported $90 million — a relative bargain compared to the $130 million price tag of Bay’s unrelenting BAD BOYS II.
Also featuring Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens and cantankerous captain Joe Pantoliano, Sony’s third BAD BOYS chapter arrested an additional $38.6 million from overseas audiences for a worldwide weekend of $97.7 million.
Critics were generally pleased to see more of Smith and Lawrence’s violent crimefighting tactics, giving the movie a 76% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 59 on Metacritic. Blast on over to the JoBlo review HERE.
Opening in second place was the new family fantasy DOLITTLE with $22.5 million.
Delayed from its original May 2019 date, the first major post-Marvel release starring Robert Downey Jr. (as the titular veterinarian who converses with animals) also captured $27.3 million from international audiences for a worldwide weekend of $49.8 million.
Directed by Oscar-winning writer Stephen Gaghan (TRAFFIC, SYRIANA) and featuring an impressive list of voice talent (including Tom Holland, Rami Malek, Kumail Nanjiani, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and Octavia Spencer), the PG-rated period adventure cost a reported $175 million.
Critics euthanized the latest adaptation of Hugh Lofting‘s famed childrens book character, giving the movie an 18% average on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 27 on Metacritic. Have a chat with the JoBlo review HERE.
After rushing into first place last weekend, the World War I drama 1917 took cover in third place with $22.1 million, suffering a 40% loss from its wide release.
Universal’s R-rated race against time from director Sam Mendes has a domestic total of $76.7 million after ten days in wide release (and two weeks in limited release) and a worldwide total of $138.6 million, on a reported cost of $90 million.
In fourth place was the PG-13 adventure-comedy JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL with $9.5 million over its sixth weekend in theaters. The $125 million Sony sequel with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black has a domestic total of $270.4 million and $708.4 million worldwide.
On its fifth weekend, the PG-13 sequel STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER was in fifth place with $8.3 million. Disney’s $275 million conclusion to the Skywalker saga has a domestic total of $492 million and a worldwide total of $1.02 billion (still shy of ROGUE ONE’s $523 million domestic and $1.05 billion global totals).
The PG-13 legal drama JUST MERCY was in sixth place with $6 million, a drop of 38% from its expansion last weekend. Director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s fact-based story with Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx has a domestic total of $19.6 million after ten days in wide release and two weeks in limited release.
In seventh place was filmmaker Greta Gerwig‘s period drama LITTLE WOMEN with $5.9 million. On its fourth weekend, the PG-13 adaptation has a domestic total of $84.4 million and $128.7 million worldwide, on a reported cost of $40 million.
The PG-13 murder mystery with Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer now has a domestic total of $145.9 million and $272 million worldwide, on a $40 million reported cost.
In ninth place was the R-rated comedy LIKE A BOSS with $3.8 million, a 62% plunge from its opening last weekend. The $29 million Tiffany Haddish/Rose Byrne/Salma Hayek business farce has a ten-day domestic total of $16.9 million.
Closing out the list was the PG-rated fairy tale sequel FROZEN II with $5.7 million on its ninth weekend in theaters. Disney’s $150 million animated fantasy has a domestic total of $464.8 million and a worldwide total of $1.4 billion.