Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday's Headlines | Weekend Box Office

It’s another big weekend for Bad Boys For Life as the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led action comedy secures a sophomore weekend victory. The Sony Pictures release has secured nothing but wins since it opened over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend and finally moved past the $100 million domestic mark in its second Saturday at the box office. 

New STX release The Gentlemen, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring a murderer’s row of lads including Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, and Colin Farrell, has emerged from its opening weekend in a respectable fourth place.

Bad Boys For Life is proving to be catnip for moviegoers during its second weekend in theaters. After crossing the $100 million mark in domestic sales on Saturday, the third film in the Bad Boys franchise added $34 million total in domestic sales. Showing on 3,775 screens, the Sony picture averaged a strong $9,007 per theater. 

These sophomore weekend numbers represent a 46% drop since last weekend. As the film heads into its third week in theaters, the film has a domestic total of $120.6 million and international total of $38.9 million, bringing its worldwide total up to $160 million.

Meanwhile, The Gentlemen did decently well in its opening weekend. Ritchie’s latest crime comedy caper follows Mickey (McConaughey), a powerful English drug dealer looking to sell of his empire so he can finally settle down with the love of his life (played by Michelle Dockery). 

The Gentlemen ties in numerous plots threads, like the introduction of Grant’s character, Fletcher, a man who digs up secrets about the rich and powerful to blackmail them with and Golding’s character, Dry Eye, a relatively upstart drug lord who serves as Mickey’s main opposition. The STX release earned $11 million in its opening weekend, averaging $5,095 per theater and showing on 2,165 screens. The Gentleman secured a B+ CinemaScore and a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film fared far better overseas, bringing in $22.5 million.

Speaking of Universal Pictures, another notable high from this weekend’s box office comes courtesy of Oscars 2020 frontrunner 1917, which not only fared well at the DGA Awards on Saturday night but also did well in its fifth weekend at the box office. 

After adding another $15.8 million to its domestic earnings, 1917 officially crossed the $100 million mar and now sits at $104 million. The Universal feature dropped a slight 28% in its week-to-week total but added 325 screens this weekend. This brings it up to 3,937 screens nationwide with an average of $4,013 per screen. 

Number seven movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker also crossed a box office earnings threshold this weekend. In its sixth weekend, the Disney/Lucasfilm picture brought its domestic total up to $501.6 million after it raked it $5.2 million at theaters nationwide.