Sony Pictures has another hit on its hands following the Spider-Man and Jumanji films. Over the three-day weekend, Bad Boys for Life opened in first place domestically with $59.2 million from 3,775 theaters, an average of $15,675 per location. For the four-day holiday frame including Monday, the studio is estimating the movie will make $68.1 million. The Bad Boys for Life opening marks the studio’s biggest R-rated debut ever and the industry’s second-highest January opening off all time (trailing only American Sniper‘s $89.3 million).
Internationally, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise has grossed $38.6 million through Sunday in 39 overseas markets and the movie has earned $97.8 million worldwide. That total climbs to $106.7 million if you add the estimated Monday figure. Bad Boys for Life received an A CinemaScore and positive reviews, which indicate a healthy road ahead. A fourth Bad Boys movie is reportedly already in the works as well.
Bad Boys hit theaters in April 1995 and grossed $141.4 million worldwide, while Bad Boys II reached $273 million globally in 2003. Both those films were directed by Michael Bay.
Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Bad Boys for Life features the return of Will Smith as Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey, Martin Lawrence as Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett and Joe Pantoliano as Captain Conrad Howard, and also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, Paola Nuñez, Kate Del Castillo, and Nicky Jam.
Debuting in second place was Universal Pictures’ Dolittle, starring Robert Downey Jr. The film grossed $22.5 million for Friday through Sunday at 4,155 theaters, an average of $5,422 per site. The studio is projecting a four-day domestic take of $30 million. Internationally, the film added 42 markets and has made $17.2 million to bring its overseas total to $27.3 million. The worldwide total is at $49.8 million through Sunday.
Receiving a B CinemaScore and directed by Stephen Gaghan, Dolittle also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard, Jim Broadbent, Jessie Buckley, Frances de la Tour, Carmel Laniado, Jason Mantzoukas, Craig Robinson, and Kasia Smutniak.
After topping the box office last weekend, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ 1917 dropped to third place with $22.1 million and has brought in $76.8 million domestically after four weeks in theaters. Universal is projecting a four-day take of $27 million. Internationally, 1917 is up to $62 million and the worldwide sum is $139 million through Sunday. Directed by Sam Mendes, the movie stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Daniel Mays, Adrian Scarborough, Jamie Parker, Nabhaan Rizwan, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level added $9.6 million in fourth place ($12.6 million for the four days) and has grossed $270.5 million after six weeks. The North American total will be at $273.5 million after the Monday holiday. Internationally, The Next Level brought in another $17 million from 65 markets and has earned $438 million. The global total stands at $709 million through Sunday. Directed by Jake Kasdan, sequel stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.
Rounding out the top five was Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which made $8.4 million ($10.6 million over the four-day holiday) and has grossed $492 million domestically after five weeks. The final film in the Skywalker saga also added $10.9 million from 53 international markets and has grossed $534.6 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $1.026 billion. Directed by J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams.
In sixth place, Warner Bros.’ Just Mercy earned $6 million and is up to $19.6 million after four weeks. Based on the Bryan Stevenson bestseller, the Destin Cretton-directed film opened in limited release on Christmas Day. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson.
Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (Sony) brought in $5.9 million ($7.4 million over the four days) in the seventh spot and has grossed $84.4 million after four weeks. The film added $6.2 million from 13 international markets and has brought in $44.3 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $128.7 million. Made for $40 million, the adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep.
Eighth place belonged to writer/director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out (Lionsgate and MRC), which earned $4.3 million ($5.3 million over the four days) and has made $145.9 million after eight weeks. Overseas, the film has taken in $131 million for a worldwide total of $277.9 million. The whodunnit stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jeaden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.