The ‘Bad Boys’ had a good weekend, but unfortunately the same can’t be said for ‘Dolittle!’ Sony’s ‘Bad Boys for Life,’ which reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and opens 17 years after the last installment of the franchise hit the big screen zoomed to an estimated $73.4 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
The film marks the second-best showing ever for the holiday frame, and Sony’s biggest R-rated bow. The action-comedy wasn’t just a domestic success but also wowed overseas, collecting $37.3 million from 39 markets.
‘Bad Boys 3’ continues Sony’s winning streak following ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ and best picture Oscar contenders ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and ‘Little Women.’
With the success of the latest installment, there’s already movement on a ‘Bad Boys 4’ follow-up. Meanwhile Robert Downey Jr., unfortunately, didn’t enjoy the same weekend, as Universal’s ‘Dolittle’ wasn’t as fruitful at the box office.
The big-budget effort, which stars Downey as the vet who can talk to animals and marks his first post-’Iron Man’ role, bombed in its U.S. debut with an estimated four-day debut of $29.5 million.
At this rate, the family movie could end up losing tens of millions for Universal unless it performs well internationally. ‘Dolittle’ — which hoped to create a new chapter in the film franchise about a man who can converse with animals — was savaged by critics, while audiences gave it a so-so B CinemaScore.