Friday, June 21, 2024

Slapshot! Big Saturday Night Propels Will Smith’s “Bad Boys” to $56 Million Weekend


Will Smith triumphed this weekend, overcoming the stigma of his famous Oscar slap.

Will’s “Bad Boys Ride or Die” scored a whopping $56 million from early shows on Wednesday through today. This is a lot more than expected. A big walk up audience on Saturday carried the weekend. Advanced ticket sales didn’t indicate that would happen.

Smith was persona non grata after his March 2022 live Oscar incident in which he slapped — really punched — Chris Rock on stage. And then cursed him out. After that Smith was banned by the Academy and lost a bunch of jobs.

But time heals all wounds, and at least for Will Smith’s fans, that wound. It helped that the movie got high marks from anyone who saw it. The fun of seeing Smith and Martin Lawrence together again after 20 years overcame whatever shade was thrown.

What does it mean? Will Smith is back, and there will be another “Bad Boys” movie. Never ever bet against producer Jerry Bruckheimer, too. He knows what he’s doing more than almost anyone else!

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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