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'Bad Boys ...' still good as box office top draw | The Berkshire Eagle


By Jonathan Landrum, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — “Bad Boys of Life” went for a three-peat at the box office during Super Bowl weekend.

The Sony Pictures’ film starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence brought in $17.6 million to claim the No. 1 spot for the third straight week. The studio said the third installment became the highest-grossing film in the franchise with $148 million, eclipsing “Bad Boys II.”

The earning for “Bad Boys” is the best box office turnout compared to other No. 1 titles (“Glass,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Split”) during the NFL championship weekend over the past four years.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, said box office numbers are typically lower during football’s championship weekend. But he said Hollywood is banking on Super Bowl commercials of films to help boost numbers moving forward.

The World War I tale “1917” notched second as the film continues to build momentum as an Oscars contender. It has been an impressive feat for the Sam Mendes-directed war movie after going from 11 screens in its first week to nearly 4,000.

Each week, “1917” has been holding on strong since receiving 10 Oscar nominations including best picture.

It was a bumpy start for newcomers “Gretel & Hansel” and “The Rhythm Section,” which barely cracked the top 10.

After “Dolittle” placed third, the re-imagined ancient fairy tale “Gretel & Hansel” opened at No. 4 with $6.1 million, but received mixed reviews including a C- from CinemaScore.

“The Rhythm Section,” an action drama starring Blake Lively, pulled in $2.8 million barely notched “Knives Out.”

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