What has been the highest grossing movie of the year so far? Bad Boys for Life. The comedy-action sequel was released back in January and has made over $200 million in North America.
It’s one of the only success stories of 2020, and it’ll likely remain that way at least until August or September.
Typically, studios won’t release new films on digital until they’ve been inside the theater for 90+ days.
But thanks to the coronavirus, studios are releasing films online a little earlier than expected. It was announced today that Bad Boys for Life will be released on demand starting March 31. It’ll then be available to buy on 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray on April 21.
Of course, this isn’t the only film to get an early release. Disney-Pixar did the same thing with Onward. Several other studios are following in their footsteps.
By the way, to get a full list of movies that are now available to rent, you can check out Amazon’s new section titled Prime Video Cinema.
Movies currently offered through the hub include Onward, The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Emma, although Onward is only available at the $18.49 purchase price, while the others are only available for rental at that same reduced price. They’ll be available to rent for 48 hours.
Let’s start with the good news. ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ continues to have success at the box office. It took the number one spot again this past weekend, bringing in an additional $34 million. In total, it’s made over $215 million worldwide.
Unfortunately, the box office love didn’t extend to new openings ‘The Gentlemen’ and ‘The Turning’
First, The Gentlemen, which stars Matthew McConaughey opened to a pretty disappointing $11 million. As we said last week, it kinda felt like a movie no one cared about, and this disappointing opening seems to confirm it.
Meanwhile, the horror flick The Turning had an even worse time at the box office. It made just $7.3 million and had a terrible 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And perhaps even more important than the Rotten Tomato score, it also had an “F” CinemaScore, which means the general audience hated it as well.
If there is any good news, the film was made on a modest $14 million budget, so at least it won’t be losing much (if any) money.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are probably celebrating this Monday because they have produced another hit.
The comedy-action sequel ‘Bad Boys for Life‘ hit theaters this past weekend, and it earned an impressive $62.1 million over the weekend. If you include today, it’s earned over $70 million.
It was expected to earn around $40 to $45 million, so earning over $70 million has to spark some celebration.
Solid word of mouth from both audiences and critics (it landed an “A” CinemaScore from moviegoers and a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes) boosted ticket sales and justified Sony’s decision to revive a 25-year-old franchise. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ now holds the second-biggest opening ever for a January release (behind ‘American Sniper’ with $107 million), as well as Sony’s best start for an R-rated movie.
There is just something about that on-screen chemistry between Lawrence and Smith.
Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Dolittle‘ film failed miserably at the box office, making just over $20 million. Its budget was close to $200 million.
It’ll have to find extreme success overseas to make some money back.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence celebrated like kings last night in Hollywood during the premiere of their ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ film.
The premiere went down at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Martin and Will arrived to the premiere in a pretty balla’ car, and of course Will was the one driving. His character in the Bad Boys franchise is also clowning on Martin for his driving.
Martin’s entire family was there to support him during the premiere, and Will had his son’s Trey and Jaden.
But let’s get to the important stuff. What are the critics saying about this film? Well, the reactions have been mixed-to-mostly positive. It sits at a comfortable 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but there are a few, “Well, it’s not that bad” reviews counted.
Some critics complained that it was “tired” and was a “shoot-by-numbers affair” which is not exactly surprising. They’re going to stick with what made the previous films a success.
One interesting thing though is that people are really hyped on the ending, even those who didn’t like the film.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over 15 years since the last ‘Bad Boys‘ film was released. Bad Boys II came out in 2003 and while it received poor reviews from critics, it still made over $270 million worldwide.
Now Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are finally ready to return in the third installment, Bad Boys for Life.
The trailer kicks off in classic ‘Bad Boys’ fashion with Lawrence botching an interrogation of a tattooed suspect. ‘I’m gonna penetrate this man’s soul with my heart,’ says Lawrence, before getting knocked out with a punch. Smith retorts, ‘How deep do you think you got into his soul?’
A group of young cops, played by Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton and Alexander Ludwig, will be helping Smith and Lawrence along the way.
Michael Bay directed the first two films in the franchise, but he did not return for this third one.
Bad Boys for Life hits theaters January 17, 2019. Check out the trailer below…