Bad Boys Makes Good Again


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.

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 More than 1 year ago
I saw The Pursuit of Happyness the first week it was at the theaters, and have seen it multiple times since on tv, but really I have a comment about Jeopardy. Last night when they said The Celestial City was also called Jersusalem in The Pilgrim's Progress was completely wrong at least as far as my original John Bunyan copy of the book is concerned. People mention it mostly as Mount Zion or once or twice as Beulah land but never as Jerusalem. This is a mistake almost as big as the one they had last year where they misquoted the last lines of The Taming of the Shrew. What they quoted was two or three paragraphs above the actual last lines which mention "Kiss me Kate", and "So he has tamed a shrew after all", not what they mentioned. For a show as incomparable as Jeopardy I expect no mistakes, much less two mistakes in a year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Ok Paul, I gotta ask: how did you know that I watched The Pursuit of Happyness for the first time this weekend?