Smith-Lawrence buddy flick continues apace
February 6, 2020
For the fourth consecutive weekend, Bad Boys for Life took the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office with another $17.7 million in sales, upping the flick’s 24-day domestic sales total to just under $143 million.
Look for Bad Boys for Life to top the $300 million mark in worldwide sales next week, making it the first major hit of 2020. It’s good to see Martin Lawrence, one of the funniest people of the 1990s, getting a chance at a proper second act.
Also at the Box
Sam Mendes’ 1917 continued to strengthen its case for Best Picture frontrunner at this year’s upcoming Oscars ceremony, taking the No. 2 spot at last weekend’s domestic box with another $9.7 million, upping the artsy war film’s worldwide sales so far to about $250 million. If 1917 hits the $300 million mark by next weekend, I get the feeling it’ll also win the Best Picture trophy. People are really loving this film.
Kiddie comedy (and one of the worst reviewed films of recent memory) Doolittle continued to bring the kids out to the theater, taking the No. 3 spot at last weekend’s box office with another $7.7 million in sales, upping the film’s 17-day total to about $55 million. Not what the studio expected when they were planning the film, but probably much more than they thought they’d get once the reviews started rolling in.
The completely unnecessary Gretel & Hansel opened weak, taking the No. 4 spot at the box with just over $6 million in sales over its first three days of release.
Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, a movie that’s getting great word-of-mouth, rounded out the weekend’s domestic Top 5 with another $6 million in sales, bringing the film’s 10-day worldwide sales total to just under $50 million.
Also of note
Greta Gerwig’s Little Women continued to sell tickets, crossing the $160 million worldwide sales mark this past weekend. I knew back when I was obsessing over mumblecore flicks like Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends, and Baghead that Gerwig was special, but I never saw this coming.
New this Week
This weekend will see just one new wide release, Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, featuring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis. Chris Messina, Rosie Perez, and Ali Wong co-star in this comic book film that appears poised to make Robbie the most in-demand actress in Hollywood. This movie looks really bad to me, but I’m ready for Margot to take over. She’s incredible.
Also out in limited release is horror flick The Lodge, starring Riley Keogh, Alicia Silverstone, and Richard Armitage. I could see this one doing well in a few weeks when it hits streaming services and home video.