They say three’s a crowd. But the only thing crowding Bad Boys for Life is all the cash the movie’s making.
Bad Boys for Life, a buddy-cop thriller starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, continues to pursue its own form of happyness, racing to its third-straight box-office victory with an estimated $17.7 million take in North America. That may not sound like much (Super Bowl weekends tend to be slower ones for movies), but it was enough to tame the multiplex’s wild, wild West and keep the film, and its two starring men, in the black.
The movie has now earned a grand total of $148.1 million stateside, making it 2020’s highest-grossing film. It might not be ready utter the brag, “I am legend,” but its focus has not waned and it remains the box office’s bright star. Will it remain on top ‘til Independence Day? Not if Harley Quinn has anything to say about it: The supervillain’s Birds of Prey film is set to flap into theaters next weekend.
Meanwhile, the year’s second highest-grossing film is also the weekend’s second-place finisher. Heading into the home stretch of the awards season, Oscar darling 1917 earned another $9.7 million to push its own total gross to $119.2 million.
Dolittle isn’t roaring like a lion, but it’s still speaking to a handful of moviegoers. The film talked enough people into seeing it this weekend, in fact, that it finished third with $7.7 million. That was enough to keep Gretel & Hansel, one of two new movies released this weekend, locked down in fourth place with less than $6.1 million. Methinks that they’ll not find a trail of breadcrumbs to take them to No. 1 anytime soon.
The Gentlemen closed out the top five with $6 million.
The Rhythm Section, the weekend’s other freshman contender, never found its own rhythm. Indeed, this R-rated Blake Lively revenge thriller’s $2.8-million, 10th-place finish was an unmitigated disaster. It set a record for the worst opening ever for a movie premiering in more than 3,000 theaters.