Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Thursday Box Office Previews: Will Smith Scores Big Time Comeback, Robert Downey Jr. “Dolittle” Bombs with Less than $1 Mil

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It’s good news and bad for two box office stars this weekend.

Last night’s preview numbers for “Bad Boys for Life” and “Dolittle” tell very sharply contrasting stories.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence haven’t been on screen together for 16 years. But the third “Bad Boys” movie raked in a huge $6.3 million in previews last night.  They’re looking at a possible $50 mil MLK weekend. Sony Pictures has a nice sized hit on their hands.

But “Dolittle” did nothing on Thursday, just $950,000. The reviews are worse than terrible, the outlook for Robert Downey Jr. and his furry friends is miserable. The people most affronted will be passengers at the American Airlines terminal at JFK. The place is covered in ads for “Dolittle.” What I really found weird was that the character posters all had Downey on them, not the name actors who voice the animals. “Dolittle” will be a total write off of $175 million after this weekend’s quick open and close.

Some good news: “Little Women ” is headed to $80 million tonight.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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