Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” will take the No. 1 spot at the box office for a second weekend, earning an estimated $33.6 million to bring its total to $120 million after 10 days.
The Will Smith/Martin Lawrence threequel is doing what movie theater execs hoped: help support the box office through a late January period that historically has been a slow period. It is getting help from Universal’s “1917,” which will become the fourth Best Picture nominee in the 2020 Oscar race to cross $100 million with $15.8 million in its third wide weekend.
Fresh off wins at the Directors’ Guild Awards and American Society of Cinematographers Awards that have built its status as the top Oscar frontrunner, “1917” now has a domestic total of $103 million and a global total of $200 million with two weeks to go until the Academy Awards. The film is now $13 million away from passing the domestic total of fellow Best Picture nominee “Ford v Ferrari” and $16 million away from passing the auto-racing film’s global total.
Universal’s “Dolittle” sits in third with $12.5 million in its second weekend for a domestic total of $44.6 million and a global total of $91.1 million. While that’s a decent run for many family adventure films, “Dolittle” is still far from making back its $175 million production budget.
Fourth goes to newcomer “The Gentlemen,” a thriller directed by Guy Ritchie and distributed by STX. While the crime film is facing competition for Gen X male audiences from “Bad Boys for Life,” it is still meeting box office expectations with a $10.7 million opening from 2,165 screens. STX acquired distribution rights for the film for $7 million, and reception has been positive with a B+ on CinemaScore and 72% on Rotten Tomatoes…….read more
Source: The Wrap