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Bad Boys for Life makes better than expected Box Office debut

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Added 20 January 2020

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Cast members Will Smith (left) and Martin Lawrence at the premiere of Bad Boys for Life in Los Angeles, California, January 14, 2020. (Reuters)

LOS ANGELES - Universal’s Dolittle and 1917 found out what Bad Boys will do when they come for you at the box office.

Sony’s Bad Boys for Life, the third entry in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led series, beat expectations and towered over the competition during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Bad Boys for Life earned $59 million over the traditional weekend and should cross $68 million through Monday. Heading into the extended holiday frame, the Bad Boys threequel was expected to debut to $38 million to $45 million. But solid word of mouth from both audiences and critics (It landed an “A” CinemaScore from moviegoers and a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes) boosted ticket sales and justified Sony’s decision to revive a 17-year-old franchise.

Bad Boys for Life now holds the second-biggest opening ever for a January release (behind American Sniper with $107 million), as well as Sony’s best start for an R-rated movie.

Bad Boys for Life cost $90 million. A fourth instalment is already in the works.

One movie that’s likely not getting a sequel? Dolittle, a kid-friendly fantasy adventure that’s been plagued with production headaches and torched by critics. The studio had hoped star Robert Downey Jr’s take on the vet who can talk to his four-legged patients could ignite a new franchise for family crowds.

But that’s looking increasingly unlikely after the movie got off to a disappointing start, launching at No. 2 with $22 million. It’s projected to make $30 million over the four-day weekend.

Those ticket sales are cause for concern since extensive reshoots pushed its production cost near $180 million. Dolittle kicked off overseas to $17 million, putting global box office receipts at $50 million, but the film will need long legs in theatres to avoid winding up in the red.

Dolittle was supposed to open last May but was delayed twice due to production problems. That timing proved unfortunate, given Universal just endured a big-budget flop with Cats;but it’s not all bad news for the studio.

After taking scoring a handful of Oscar nominations and taking home the PGA Awards’ top prize, 1917 scored another $22.1 million in its second weekend of wide release. The World War I drama, from director Sam Mendes, should land $27 million through MLK Day, which would put domestic ticket sales above $80 million.

Sony’s Jumanji: The Next Level and Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rounded out the top five. (Reuters/Variety)

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