Thursday, June 20, 2024

Box Office: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence “Bad Boys for Life” Soars, Robert Downey Jr “Dolittle” Does Little with $22 Mil Weekend


Oh, Doctor “Dolittle” did little this weekend, earning just $22.5 million in the widest release possible– 4,155 theaters. I mean, that’s as many theaters as you can find in North America. “Dolittle” was stretched to the max. But with $175 million already spent by the studio, I would guess a lot of those sites will disappear this coming Friday.

Meanwhile, “Bad Boys for Life” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence– at 400 fewer locations — grabbed a gigantic $59 million over the three day weekend. They’ll clear $100 million by next weekend and keep going. Will Smith is back. Martin Lawrence, wherever he was, is back. And they’re already talking a “sequel” to this sequel right away. Maybe Sony can mash ’em up with Spider Man.

“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” is scraping away to reach $500 million. It’s coming slowly, but will arrive toward the end of this week.

Hey– whatever happened to “Cats”? It’s exiting theaters with just shy of $26 million, a total worldwide of $61 million. People saw it, they’re just not talking about it. What happens in “Cats” stays in “Cats.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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