BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 24-26, 2020
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Bad Boys for Life||$34 million|
|The Gentlemen||$11.3 million|
|Jumanji: The Next Level||$7.9 million|
Audiences still found the duo of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith irresistible, as Bad Boys for Life enjoyed another strong weekend in first place. It's the first movie of 2020 to pass $100 million. By next weekend, it will have made more money than the first two movies (at least before inflation is factored in). That's another big win for Sony, who lately is doing the best of any studio not owned by Disney.
1917 added wins from the producers' and directors' guilds on its way to a likely Best Picture win at the Oscars in two weeks. It's continued to clean up at the box office too, passing $100 million. Dolittle will still go down as a bomb, but its decent hold means it should make at least $60 million. Don't get me wrong, that's still terrible for a movie reported to have cost $175 million, but it could have been a lot worse.
Guy Ritchie's return to the world of British crime thrillers proved to be only for niche audiences. The director of giant blockbusters like Sherlock Holmes and Aladdin went back to his roots and could only muster up $11.3 million, despite the star power of Matthew McConaughey and a heartthrob on the rise in Henry Golding. It will likely end up making less than Snatch did 20 years ago. Jumanji: The Next Level rounded out the top 5, still struggling to reach $300 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Panga, an inspirational sports drama from India. Playing on 102 screens, it averaged $2,754.
- The Turning couldn't turn a classic horror story into a successful film. It earned only $7.3 million, good for sixth place. Many reviews complained about it's bizarre non-ending.
- With $30 million just from North American audiences, Parasite is officially the highest-grossing movie for young studio Neon, passing I, Tonya. Hopefully it will also win some Oscars on February 9.
Next week: You can go ahead and mark Bad Boys for Life for a third weekend on top. Horror movie Gretel & Hansel and revenge thriller The Rhythm Section will each make less than $10 million.