Bad Boys 3 in holdover news for this weekend topped the weekend charts for the third time. The Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action comedy earned $17.6 million (-48%) to deliver its 17-day national cume to $148.052 million. It is now the biggest-grossing”brand new” January release, not counting Oscar year expansions, for example, American Sniper ($350 million), Chicago ($171 million), or Hidden Bodies ($170 million) of all time. No, that does not account for inflation, as both earners got $145 million and Paul Blart: Restaurant Cop earned $146 million. Star Wars: Special Edition earned $137 million in January of 1997, which could be roughly $260 million adjusted. It was the biggest grosser in January for a few decades.
When it passes the $177 million, Bad Boys 3 are also past the inflation-adjusted likes of Cloverfield ($80 million in 2008/$118 million corrected ), The Green Hornet ($98 million in 2010/$113 million amended), Kung Fu Panda 3 ($143 million in 2016/$151 million adjusted), Ride Together ($134 million in 2014/$148 million) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($146 million in 2009/$177 million corrected ), but not M.A.S.H. ($81 million in 1970/$479 million adjusted). And supposing it becomes past $192 million nationally, it will have sold more tickets than Bad Boys II, which attracted $138 million. Passing the Kung Fu Panda 3’s $517 million global cume(including $154 million in China) to become the most prominent worldwide grosser ever released in January is much less of a sure thing.
Bad Boys 3 dropped less on its third weekend in comparison to Keanu Reeves’ John Wick: Chapter 3 (-54percent even though having a Memorial Day weekend buffer), but it fell only a little more than (in various third parties ) Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout (-45%), Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s Hobbs & Shaw (-44%) and Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (-39%). Concerning 17-day totals, the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action-comedy is right involving John Wick: Chapter 3 ($124 million), Hobbs & Shaw ($134 million), Rogue Nation ($138 million) and (far before this bundle ) Fallout ($161 million). John Wick 3 didn’t recover its post-debut footing until its fourth weekend. Mike and Marcus will face friends and Harley Quinn beginning on its fourth weekend.
Assuming it follows the length of the movies discussed before, it is still on track to get a gross between $205 million and $175 million. Therefore, yes, it may pass the $192 million adjusted-for-inflation total of Bad Boys II at the very long term, if not (barring a miracle) the $214 million adjusted cume of all the State ($110 million in 1998). Yes, it may take a hit from Birds of Prey next weekend, but maybe just the following weekend. If The Meg and Mission: Impossible — Fallout can thrive concurrently in July/August of 2018, I am of the mind that a well-reviewed/well-liked Bad Boys For Life plus also a (theoretically) well-reviewed/well-liked Birds of Prey can equally live their proverbial most excellent lives, particularly with the minimal rivalry between now and March.
The R-rated action movie has grossed $291 million globally, which will be well over the unadjusted $273 million gross (in 2003) of Bad Boys II (and today brings the movie’s domestic/overseas split to 50/50). The $517 million worldwide cume of Kung Fu Panda 3 is likely out of reach, but a ) that movie earned $154 million in China and B) Bad Boys for Life only price $90 million. It’s a gloriously blockbuster -$100 million movie which does not have to appeal to everybody and consequently may be a hit $300 million global. That is the sandbox once inhabited by The Rock, Enemy of Face/Off, and the State. Its old-fashioned structure, like an emphasis on character over spectacle, is why it is doing so well.