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The decade might be only three weeks old, but this may still rank among the decade’s biggest box office surprises even by December 2029.


Sony / Columbia’s action comedy sequel Bad Boys For Life opened with a $62.5 three-day / $73.0M four-day weekend if including the Monday holiday.


For context, three-day projections were generally in the low $40M range. On one popular box office prediction website, the highest that any user projected for the three-day was $51M.


Studio estimates kept going higher and higher. Saturday’s four-day projection was $63.5M, then that increased to $68.1M on Sunday, then increased again to $73.4M on Monday.


(The actual declined slightly to $73.0M when revealed on Tuesday.)


Not Bad


For Life debuted about equal to 2003’s previous installment Bad Boys II, which opened with $70.6M adjusted for ticket price inflation ($46.5M originally).


Yet that film opened in July instead of January and was at the peak of Will Smith’s stardom, making For Life‘s approximately even opening arguably even more impressive.


Compared to other similar action sequels or reboots in the past year, For Life topped both the $17.8M total of November’s Charlie’s Angels and the $21.3M total of June’s Shaft on its opening Friday alone. 


Its opening weekend alone bested the $62.2M cumulative total of November’s Terminator: Dark Fate, and almost overtook the $80.0M cumulative total of June’s Men in Black: International.


For comparison, Smith’s similar action movie Gemini Man underperformed in October with a $48.5M cumulative total, which For Life exceeded in its opening weekend.


Studio Heads


This also vaults Sony into the highest-grossing studio of 2020 so far, with $228.4M versus Disney’s $190.5M.


While Disney will almost certainly finish the year on top, they had also spent the first two weekends of the year ahead, with some forecasting that they wouldn’t lose their lead at any point.


It Did Little


The financial news was on the opposite end of the spectrum for Universal’s family film Dolittle, which opened with a $21.8M three-day / $28.3M four-day weekend despite its estimated $175M production budget.


That’s -2.4% below 1998’s Doctor Dolittle even in pure dollars, or -49.7% below if adjusting for ticket price inflation.


It also opened -29.7% behind 2001’s Dr. Dolittle 2 if adjusting for ticket price inflation.


Silver or Bronze


Last weekend’s leader, Universal’s war thriller 1917, fell to either second or third place, depending how you look at it.


For the three-day weekend, it took the silver medal with $21.9M; for the four-day weekend, it took the bronze medal with $26.9M.


Among other January wide release war movie, its -27.2% MLK Day weekend decline was steeper than the -23.8% for Zero Dark Thirty but milder than the -31.4% for Lone Survivor.


How’d This Weekend Compare?


Total box office this four-day weekend was $205.0M. That’s +55.2% above last weekend, and even the three-day was +25.7% above last weekend.


The four-day MLK Day weekend was also +26.3% above this same extended MLK Day weekend last year, when Glass led with $46.5M.


The Year So Far


Year-to-date box office stands at $670.7M. That’s +10.3% above this same date last year, up from +5.3% after last weekend.







Tuesday’s 4-Day Weekend Actuals (Domestic)
FRI, JAN. 17 – MON, JAN. 20

WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Bad Boys For Life
$73,033,944

3,775

$19,347
$73,033,944
1
Sony / Columbia


2
Dolittle
$28,301,930

4,155

$6,812
$28,301,930
1
Universal


3
1917
$26,907,050
-27%
3,612
178
$7,449
$81,524,034
4
Universal Pictures


4
Jumanji: The Next Level
$12,660,811
-10%
3,323
-581
$3,810
$273,573,786
6
Sony Pictures


5
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
$10,592,727
-30%
3,058
-1221
$3,464
$494,238,528
5
Disney


6
Little Women
$8,227,765
5%
2,503
-713
$3,287
$86,718,817
4
Sony Pictures


7
Just Mercy
$7,517,302
-23%
2,457
82
$3,060
$21,129,945
4
Warner Bros.


8
Knives Out
$5,326,647
-5%
1,667
-393
$3,195
$147,004,034
8
Lionsgate


9
Frozen II
$5,325,076
-10%
2,080
-575
$2,560
$466,476,766
9
Disney


10
Like a Boss
$4,780,202
-52%
3,081
3
$1,552
$17,863,790
2
Paramount Pictures


11
Underwater
$4,529,164
-35%
2,791
0
$1,623
$13,749,871
2
20th Century Fox


12
Spies in Disguise
$3,973,389
-23%
1,761
-910
$2,256
$59,800,256
4
20th Century Fox


13
Jojo Rabbit
$1,918,034
841%
1,005
880
$1,908
$24,047,106
14
Fox Searchlight


14
Ford v. Ferrari
$1,342,230
76%
1,080
513
$1,243
$113,152,618
10
20th Century Fox




LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Weathering With You
$2,229,027

486

$4,586
$5,275,277
1
GKIDS


2
Parasite
$2,211,216
132%
843
498
$2,623
$28,199,866
15
NEON


3
Uncut Gems
$1,621,411
-52%
930
-1151
$1,743
$46,550,010
6
A24


4
The Grudge
$1,062,723
-70%
977
-1665
$1,088
$20,195,364
3
Sony Pictures


5
Bombshell
$767,688
-47%
410
-879
$1,872
$29,432,596
6
Lionsgate


6
Joker
$429,312
624%
854
769
$503
$334,576,513
16
Warner Bros.


7
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
$417,360
1102%
705
651
$592
$141,575,381
26
Sony Pictures


8
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
$384,189
-27%
365
-154
$1,053
$60,588,038
9
Sony Pictures


9
Cats
$179,205
-68%
146
-672
$1,227
$26,827,040
5
Universal Pictures


10
Pain and Glory
$126,767
129%
167
63
$759
$4,223,782
16
Sony Pictures Classics


11
Chhapaak
$122,781
-61%
100
0
$1,228
$553,775
2
FIP


12
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
$92,188
14%
105
-23
$878
$113,770,483
14
Disney


13
Queen & Slim
$81,770
-79%
120
-322
$681
$43,730,180
8
Universal Pictures


14
Richard Jewell
$81,490
-52%
163
-213
$500
$22,181,668
6
Warner Bros.


15
Midway
$69,793
-19%
113
-65
$618
$56,824,434
11
Lionsgate




PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND
 
LOCATIONS
 
AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Ip Man 4: The Finale
$130,373
-59%
54
-65
$2,414
$3,776,592
4
Well Go USA Entertainment


2
The Song Of Names
$111,224
-5%
76
6
$1,463
$502,955
4
Sony Pictures Classics


3
Harriet
$100,240
34%
95
-27
$1,055
$43,051,130
12
Focus Features


4
Les Misérables (2020)
$85,844
255%
42
38
$2,044
$122,477
2
Amazon Studios


5
A Hidden Life
$61,372
-38%
55
-64
$1,116
$1,629,640
6
Fox Searchlight


6
Ashfall
$53,709
203%
18
16
$2,984
$331,455
5
CJ Entertainment


7
Judy
$32,817
164%
44
14
$746
$24,093,271
17
Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment


8
Invisible life
$27,433
42%
15
-3
$1,829
$122,754
5
Amazon Studios


9
Zombieland: Double Tap
$23,828
-27%
50
-25
$477
$73,118,130
14
Sony Pictures


10
Clemency
$22,098
61%
10
0
$2,210
$134,530
4
Neon


11
21 Bridges
$21,888
-67%
51
-90
$429
$28,533,552
9
STX Entertainment


12
Cunningham
$18,072
-22%
23
7
$786
$177,145
6
Magnolia Pictures


13
The Lighthouse
$13,677
89%
5
-3
$2,735
$10,857,026
14
A24


14
Citizen K
$11,516

1

$11,516
$38,139
9
Greenwich Entertainment


15
The White Sheik
$9,172
260%
3
2
$3,057
$39,343
4
Rialto Pictures


16
Three Christs
$7,982
-45%
23
-8
$347
$30,065
2
IFC Films


17
Play the Flute
$4,560

3

$1,520
$212,223
51
 


18
Waves
$4,505
-21%
8
3
$563
$1,651,151
10
A24


19
Synonyms
$3,547
-29%
6
1
$591
$200,087
13
Kino Lorber


20
Midnight Family
$3,485
9%
5
-8
$697
$30,875
7
1091


21
Varda by Agnes
$2,812
-53%
2
-4
$1,406
$122,680
9
Janus Films


22
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
$2,638
44%
3
0
$879
$43,957
10
Zeitgeist Films


23
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
$2,418
-65%
2
0
$1,209
$30,875
16
Zeitgeist Films


24
Les Misérables – The Staged Concert
$1,989
61%
1
0
$1,989
$444,083
7
Trafalgar Releasing


25
The Disappearance of My Mother
$1,133
7%
2
-1
$567
$23,353
7
Kino Lorber


26
Kind Hearts and Coronets (2019 Re-Issue)
$976

1

$976
$29,386
8
Rialto Pictures


27
Stuffed
$933
607%
1
0
$933
$13,212
14
Music Box Films


28
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
$725
-26%
2
-2
$363
$4,249,948
20
Greenwich Entertainment


29
Give Me Liberty
$572
-12%
1
0
$572
$239,830
22
Music Box Films


30
The Kingmaker
$455
-88%
1
-4
$455
$121,746
11
Greenwich Entertainment


31
By the Grace of God
$437
468%
1
0
$437
$62,719
14
Music Box Films


32
No Safe Spaces
$432
-97%
3
-38
$144
$1,291,514
13
Atlas Distribution


33
Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale
$291
-92%
1
0
$291
$128,717
7
Trafalgar Releasing


34
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
$277

1

$277
$114,587
40
Zeitgeist Films


35
Temblores
$161
-84%
1
-2
$161
$21,486
9
Film Movement


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