Will Smith’s ‘Bad Boys 3’ Box Office Records Nears $300M


In holdover news to the weekend, Bad Boys For Life again topped the weekend charts for the third time in a row. The Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action comedy earned $17.6 million (-48%) to bring its 17-day domestic cume to $148.052 million. It’s currently the biggest-grossing”new” January release, not counting Oscar year expansions like American Sniper ($350 million), Chicago ($171 million) or Hidden Bodies ($170 million) of all time. No, that does not account for inflation, as both Taken earned $145 million and Paul Blart: Restaurant Cop earned $146 million in January of 2009. Star Wars: Special Edition earned $137 million in January of 1997, which would be approximately $260 million adjusted. It was the biggest grosser in January for a few decades.

Once it passes the $177 million, Bad Boys 3 will also be past the inflation-adjusted enjoys of Cloverfield ($80 million in 2008/$118 million corrected ), The Green Hornet ($98 million in 2010/$113 million corrected ), 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 adjusted), but maybe not M.A.S.H. ($81 million in 1970/$479 million adjusted). And supposing it becomes beyond $192 million nationally, it will have sold more tickets than Bad Boys II which brought $138 million in 2003. Passing the Kung Fu Panda 3’s $517 million global cume(including $154 million in China) to become the largest global grosser ever released in January is much less of a certain thing.

Bad Boys 3 dropped less on its third weekend compared to Keanu Reeves’ John Wick: Chapter 3 (-54percent despite a Memorial Day weekend buffer), but it dropped just 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%). In terms of 17-day totals, the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action-comedy is appropriate between John Wick: Chapter 3 ($124 million), Hobbs & Shaw ($134 million), Rogue Nation ($138 million) and (far ahead of the package ) Fallout ($161 million). John Wick 3 didn’t really regain its post-debut footing until its fourth weekend. Marcus and mike will face friends and Harley Quinn beginning on its fourth weekend.

Assuming it follows the course of the movies discussed previously, it is still on track for a final gross between $175 million and $205 million. Therefore, yes, it might pass the $192 million adjusted-for-inflation total of Bad Boys II in the long run, if not (barring a miracle) the $214 million corrected cume of Enemy of the State ($110 million in 1998). Yes, it might take a hit from Birds of Prey next weekend, but possibly only following weekend. If The Meg and Mission: Impossible — Fallout can both thrive concurrently in July/August of 2018, I’m 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 both live their proverbial finest lives, especially with minimal rivalry between now and March.

The R-rated action movie has grossed $291 million globally, which is 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). Again, the $517 million global cume of Kung Fu Panda 3 is likely out of reach, but a ) that film earned $154 million in China and B) Bad Boys for Life just cost $90 million. It is a gloriously blockbuster, an under-$100 million movie which may be an hit $300 million global and consequently doesn’t have to appeal to everyone. That is the sandbox once occupied by The Rock, Enemy of the State and Face/Off. Its old-fashioned structure, such as an emphasis on character over spectacle, is part of why it’s performing so well.


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