“Bad Boys for Life” topped the box-office with the film pulling in $59 million over the traditional weekend and is expected to cross $68 million through the holiday on Monday.
That’s notably higher than the $38-45 million debut that was expected, but solid critical reviews and an A CinemaScore from viewers appear to have had an impact and boosted ticket sales.
As a result, “Bad Boys for Life” now holds the second-biggest opening ever for a January release behind only “American Sniper”. It’s also Sony’s best start for an R-rated film.
The film also collected $37.3 million overseas with the film to pass $100 million worldwide after Monday – all on a cost-effective $90 million budget.
Not faring so well? “Dolittle”. The kiddie fantasy adventure debuted in second with $22 million through Sunday and is barely expected to reach $30 million by the end of the four-day. With only $17 million in its opening international haul, and a production budget at $180 million, the movie seems likely to end in the red – though the question is by how much.
“1917” scored another $22 million in its second weekend of wide release, the World War I drama using its Golden Globe win from last week to push its domestic ticket sales above $80 million at this point. “Parasite” also got a boost, jumping to $1.7 million over the weekend even as the title hit Digital HD.