The long wait for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to reunite has been more worth it with Bad Boys For Life rocking the box office. Only a week ago early forecasts for the belated sequel's opening weekend were in the respectable area of $40-50 million. That's about what Bad Boys 2 earned in its opening weekend back in 2003. However, positive reviews and strong word of mouth elevated the threequel to a massive (yet estimated) $73.4 million for the MLK weekend.
Scoring the biggest opening weekend of the franchise, Bad Boys has succeeded where recent attempts to revive old IP (Terminator Dark Fate, Charle's Angels) have failed at the box office. Bad Boys proved that there can be life in an old franchise when it's done right. Sony has already started thinking about a fourth movie tasking writer Chris Bremmer to draft the script.
It was predictably not good news for Universal's Dolittle, which is fulling living up to its name by doing very little at the box office. Led by Robert Downey Jr in his first post-Marvel role, expectations weren't that high for the expensive adaptation of Doctor Dolittle, but with $29 million for the 4-day weekend, this is a disaster. Aside from a questionable Welsh accent from Downey Jr, Dolittle struggled to communicate what audiences could expect with its marketing. It doesn't help that the film's release date was moved three times, and reports of a troubled production made the headlines late last year.
Universal has had a problematic run lately with both Dolittle and Cats expected to lose vast sums of money. While the loses will be shared between all the production companies, it's Universal's second big-budget misfire in the last month. On the upside, Universal has Fast and Furious 9, The Invisible Man, Minions Rise of Gru, Trolls World Tour and the Jordan Peele produced Candyman reboot all coming our way this year.