Sony’s “Bad Boys for Life” took the lead in the North American box office during the weekend. The film edged out Universal’s “1917” and “Dolittle,” industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said on Monday.
The weekend cinema was overshadowed by Sunday’s blockbuster TV event, the National Football League’s Super Bowl, when theatres are often near-empty. For this reason, overall weekend ticket sales of roughly $85 million were the lowest in years, another industry tracker, Comscore, reported.
Still, action-comedy “Bad Boys,” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles as wise-cracking detectives, took in $17.7 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.
“1917,” a war film which lacks big stars but has steadily racked up awards, placed second at $9.5 million. The Sam Mendes film, shot as if it were one continuous take, is an Oscar favourite.
“Dolittle,” based on the children’s book about a veterinarian who can talk to the animals, has drawn tepid reviews but, with an all-star cast headed by Robert Downey Jr and Emma Thompson, placed third at $7.6 million.
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In fourth was the new horror film “Gretel and Hansel” from United Artists. The dark reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale earned nearly $6.2 million. According to Variety, this is not bad for a film produced with a relatively tiny budget of $5 million.
The fifth spot went to Sony’s “Jumanji: The Next Level” at $6 million. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart star in the action sequel.
Watch the trailer for “Bad Boys for Life” below:
Take a look at the films in the top ten spots this week.
- “Bad Boys for Life” ($17.7 million)
- “1917” ($9.5 million)
- “Dolittle” ($7.6 million)
- “Gretel and Hansel” ($6.2 million)
- “Jumanji: The Next Level” ($6 million)
- “The Gentlemen” ($5.6 million)
- “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” ($3.2 million)
- “Little Women” ($3.1 million)
- “The Turning” ($3 million)
- “The Rhythm Section” ($2.7 million)
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