Two big-budget titles hit the cinemas this week, but only one of them looks to fare well.
Sony Pictures’ “Bad Boys for Life,” the long-awaited third film in the series which arrives 17 years after the last entry, is on track to collect a very solid $38 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah helm the film which has generated the best reviews of the franchise thus far with a 76% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The $90 million-budgeted movie made $6.4 million in Thursday night previews – a new record for January.
The Robert Downey Jr.-led “Dolittle” on the other hand is headed for disappointment. The fantasy-adventure for kids has scored not just dismal reviews with 17% on Rotten Tomatoes but is on track for a $22-25 million four-day opening. That’s not good for a film with a highly costly $180 million-plus budget.
All will be battling “1917” in its second wide weekend, that film is expected to earn another $25 million this holiday weekend after picking up ten Oscar nominations on Monday including a best picture nod.