Bad Boys Good for Another Win

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Whatcha gonna do? Bad Boys for Life may not be No. 1 at the box office for life, but it did earn its second-straight weekend victory. The buddy-cop movie earned an estimated $34 million in North America, more than doubling its closest rival. That brings its total domestic gross to an impressive $120.6 million, which is already waaaay more than the original Bad Boys earned in its entire run ($65.8 million). Of course, that was back in 1995, which would make the original Bad Boys one of the very first talkies. But no matter.

Sam Mendes’ acclaimed war film 1917 finished second with $15.8 million. That brings its total domestic tally to a rather impressive $103.9 million.

And that brings us to an interesting little factet: While many lament that Oscar hopefuls tend to be obscure little indie films few people actually see, this year’s crop of Best Picture nominees now features four films that have grossed more than $100 million in North America. Joker, one of last year’s highest-grossing films, leads the pack with $334.7 million in stateside earnings. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood has made $141.8 million, while Ford v Ferrari collected $114.4 million. Little Women is nearing that $100 million line too, with $93.7 million in earnings (and counting).

Also interesting: Two of the nominees, The Irishman and Marriage Story, are wooing viewers via Netflix, not the local Cineplex, which means that their respective viewership could translate into blockbuster status, too. (Netflix does not typically release viewership numbers for its programming, and when it does the numbers can be a bit suspect. But the reporting firm of Nielsen alleges that The Irishman drew 13.2 million viewers in its first five days. Multiply that by $9.11—the average movie ticket price in the United States—and you’ve already got a $120.3 million movie on your hands.)

Robert Downey Jr.’s Dolittle continues to withstand withering reviews and spent a third-straight weekend in the top five. It earned $12.5 million to push its domestic tally to $44.7 mil. That said, it’ll still need a medium-size miracle to recoup its reported $175 million budget.

The Gentlemen was the weekend’s only freshman film to land in the top five. It earned $11 million to finish fourth, pushing Jumanji: The Next Level ($7.9 million) into fifth. The weekend’s other new wide release, The Turning, turned out to be a bomb, banking just $7.3 million.

By the way, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker landed in seventh place with $5.2 million, pushing its domestic gross to $501.6 million. For all the hand-wringing over the installment’s underperformance (and make no mistake, it has underperformed), Rise of Skywalker is, according to Box Office Mojo, only the 15th film in history to earn more than $500 million domestically. That’s got to be a little Rey of sunshine for what some consider a Poe box-office performance.

Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 18 days ago
Since Star Wars has now made 503 million in the US and Joker has only made 334 million I don't see how Joker could be considered a bigger box-office champ than Star Wars since it's made almost 170 million less in the US alone. Box office numbers don't lie.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Just because a movie makes more money than another doesn't mean that it's more profitable. Joker and and Rise of Skywalker are basically neck and neck in global box office, with Joker just a hair ahead. The difference between the two is that Star Wars has a budget of $275 million, while joker only had about $55 million. Since Joker has made about the same amount of money as The Rise of Skywalker with a fraction of the budget, Joker has made Warner Bros a LOT more money than Rise of Skywalker ($460 million in profits to be exact).
Anonymous 21 days ago
I know this isn't a movie, but this weekend I did see all 3 and a half hours of the Grammys and for the most part had a fun time watching it. First off I'm extremely thrilled that For King & Country won two Grammys this year for their respectable Burn the Ships album, and I'm also very happy Billy Ray Cyrus won two Grammys as well for his work on Old Town Road. Because it's not on a proper Billy Ray Cyrus album I hadn't heard it before until it was performed on Sunday night, but in my opinion along with Aerosmith and Run DMC, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus blew the roof off the joint. None of the performances were bad in my opinion, a welcome change from previous years where there would always be at least a couple, but for my money Old Town Road and Walk This Way were the best of the night, though newcomer Billie Eilish wasn't too bad either. Not deserving of all the wins she got in my opinion, but not bad either. Overall this was a pretty good year for the Grammys, in spite of the fact I hadn't heard of much of the music being nominated, lol.
The Mouse Of Non 20 days ago
The most touching thing about the Grammy's this year was Camila Cabello's performance, it was really cool how she sung a song about her Dad. If you haven't watched it, you should. I also have a Hate/Love relationship with Old Time Road, so not sure how I feel about it winning a Grammy. And I extremely dislike Billie Ellish so I do not feel that she should have won Grammy's for an okay at best album.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Really says something about the state of Star Wars when the last film in the Skywalker saga isn’t able to outgross a movie about the Joker, which didn’t have Batman, was rated R and was banned in China.

Oh well. At least Clone Wars season 7 looks great and EA is finally taking advantage of their Star Wars license.
Isaiah Thacker 21 days ago
To be fair, Joker has been out for nearly four months. The Rise of Skywalker has barely been out for one month. Joker also has the advantage of having a great deal of controversy surrounding it. I typically don't watch movies, but even I took the time to see Joker, if only to find out what all the fuss was about.

Of course, after seeing it, I still don't know what all the fuss was about.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

It’s still not an excuse for how it’s made less money than Joker. Star Wars was, and in a lot of ways still is, a renowned IP, so the fact that it’s been out for a month and it still hasn’t passed a small budget drama/character study is still pretty embarrassing.
Isaiah Thacker 20 days ago

That "small budget drama/character study" is by far the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. Regardless of what you thought of it (or didn't), it's hardly some B-level flick. Additionally, Episode IX has only earned 2% less than Joker: the difference isn't some enormous gulf.

Mind you, I say this as someone who really doesn't like the Star Wars franchise (and, honestly, never has). I'm not trying to defend Episode IX: I just don't think its performance compared to Joker is exactly a death knell. Of course, I could be wrong.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Joker earned a profit of over $450 million, making it way the most profitable movie to be based off a comic book. Rise of Skywalker had a budget of $275 million and has so far only just made a billion, not even 4 times it’s budget; Joker, on the other hand,  had a budget of $55-$65 million and earned almost 20 times its budget.

So the fact that the last film in the Skywalker Saga can’t even outgross an R rated movie even after a month of release is indeed a bit of a death kneel.

It’s not the end of Star Wars to be sure; I’ve heard almost nothing but good things about the Mandalorian, Clone Wars season 7 looks amazing, and Jedi Fallen Order from what I heard was pretty good. But episode IX’s box office does show that the movies and their impact at the theaters have taken a beating.
The Mouse Of Non 20 days ago
I had mixed feelings about the newest Star Wars, but I am glad that they are focusing more on TV now with The Clone Wars Season 7 and The Mandalorian. Hopefully the Kenobi show and the Cassian Andor show will be good as well. I feel that Star Wars tells better stories on the small screen than they do on the big screen, but that's just me.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I gotta agree with you there Mouse. I never really was that into Star Wars until my preteens when the Clone Wars came out.

Isn’t the Kenobi show on hold though?
The Mouse Of Non 19 days ago
Supposedly it was put on hold because of some clashing over the scripts, but Ewan McGregor said it wasn't and that they will be filming soon. So honestly, I have no idea. Disney better not screw this one up though. If what I read about what they did to Rise of Skywalker was true, that movie would have been a whole lot better.