The long-awaited “Bad Boys for Life,” the re-teaming of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for a third outing in that action franchise, hit tracking estimates on Thursday.
Projections now have the film headed for a $40-45 million four-day MLK holiday weekend opening, about on par with the kind of numbers Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s “Ride Along” pulled in over the same weekend back in 2014.
The numbers are far from the record-shattering $107.2 million Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” scored in 2015 in the same weekend. However, the film was made for a relatively economical $90 million before marketing and so is expected to be profitable fairly quickly.
The previous film grossed $273.3 million worldwide in 2003. The new one sees police inspector Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and midlife crisis suffering Mike Lowery (Smith) unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, seeks revenge.
The same weekend will see Universal’s costly $175 million budgeted “Dolittle” arrive with that film on track for a $25-30 million opening over the four day period.