Box Office: 'Bad Boys for Life' Stays No. 1 With Big $34M, '1917' Marches to $16M

Ben Rothstein
'Bad Boys for Life'

Elsewhere, Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen' opened to $11 million, 'The Turning' landed a horrific F CinemaScore and 'Parasite' crossed $30 million to become indie distributor Neon's top-grossing title.

Will Smith's Bad Boys for Life rocked the box office in its second weekend, grossing $34 million to finish Sunday with a domestic total of $120.6 million and helping to boost January revenue overall.

Worldwide, the pic zipped past the $200 million mark after earning another $42 million overseas from 58 markets for a foreign total of $95 million and $215.6 million globally.

The third installment in Smith and Martin Lawrence's action-comedy franchise has continued to exceed expectations since its launch 10 days ago, considering it had been 17 years since the last installment in the Sony series played on the big screen.

Sam Mendes' best picture Oscar contender 1917 also marched past the $100 million mark domestically — as well as $200 million globally — after grossing another $15.8 million in North America in its third weekend in wide release. The World War I epic collected more awards Saturday night upon earning top honors from the Directors Guild of America and the American Society of Cinematographers.

Both Bad Boys 3 and 1917 are contributing to a gain of more than 12 percent in January box office revenue year-to-date.

And 1917, from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Universal, is a much-needed balm for Universal in the wake of the misfire Cats and now Robert Downey Jr.'s family pic Dolittle.

Coming in third in its second outing, Dolittle grossed $12.5 million for an anemic domestic cume of $44.7 million. Internationally, the event pic took in $13.2 million from 55 markets for an offshore tally of $46.4 million and an anemic $91.1 million globally against a net budget of $175 million before marketing.

Among new movies, Guy Ritchie's star-studded crime caper The Gentlemen landed in fourth place with $11 million. The pic came in on the high end of expectations, despite having to compete with Bad Boys 3 for male moviegoers.

The Gentlemen stars Matthews McConaughey as an American expat living in London who wants to sell off his cannabis empire. The pic's ensemble is rounded out by Charlie Hunnam, Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong and Colin Farrell. Overseas, the film has earned $22.5 million for an early global total of $33.5 million.

Males made up 60 percent of The Gentlemen's audience, while nearly half of ticket buyers were 35 and older, according to PostTrak. The movie earned a B+ CinemaScore, in addition to being embraced by critics. STXfilms acquired rights to the R-rated pic from Miramax for $7 million.

The new horror film The Turning, from DreamWorks and Universal, bowed to $7.3 million after getting bashed by critics and becoming the second title of 2020 to earn a rare F CinemaScore from audiences (The Grudge was the first). It came in sixth place behind Jumanji: The Next Level ($7.9 million).

Inspired by Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, The Turning tells the tale of a nanny who travels to the remote countryside in Maine to take care of two orphans. The film, directed by Floria Sigismondi, stars Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince and Joely Richardson.

The Turning skewed slightly female on Friday (51 percent), while nearly 80 percent of ticket buyers were 35 and under.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker followed at No. 7 as it became the 15th film in history to cross the $500 million mark domestically, not adjusted for inflation. Disney celebrated a second milestone as Frozen 2 passed Avengers: Age of Ultron to become the No. 10 top-grossing movie of all time globally with $1.419 billion in ticket sales.

Knives Out, which rounded out the top 10, enjoyed its own milestone as it crossed $150 million domestically to finish Sunday with a global cume of $286.8 million for Lionsgate and MRC. (MRC shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.)

Elsewhere, 1917 wasn't the only best picture Oscar nominee enjoying a boost as the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony fast approaches.

Bong Joon Ho's contender Parasite accomplished a significant achievement over the weekend in crossing $30 million domestically, a major feat for a foreign-language film. Additionally, the dark comedy-thriller also passed I, Tonya to become the top-grossing title in the history of indie distributor Neon.

Now playing in 1,060 theaters — by far its widest count to date — Parasite earned another $2 million in its fifteenth weekend in release for a domestic tally of $30.9 million.

Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi, likewise upped its location count. The irreverent comedy grossed an estimated $1.4 million from 1,160 cinemas for a domestic cume of $25.9 million.

Back in the top 10, Greta Gerwig's Oscar nominee Little Women finished Sunday with a domestic total of $93.7 million. Internationally — where it has yet to open in many markets — it has earned $53 million for a global cume of $146.7 million.