Bad Boys: Ride or Die Revives Box Office with $104.6 Million Global Debut

Sony’s Bad Boys: Ride or Die had a better-than-expected domestic debut of $56 million and a global opening of $104.6 million, which shocked the wounded summer box office back to life.

Moreover, it sets Will Smith up for a successful career rebound two years following the historic Oscars smack.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die Revives Box Office with $104.6 Million Global Debut

The fourth installment in Sony’s illustrious franchise, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, which reunites Smith and Lawrence, received an A- CinemaScore in North America in addition to largely favorable reviews. Even more encouraging, 44% of the crowd was composed of people between the ages of 18 and 34, indicating that Smith had a younger fan base. At 44%, black moviegoers constituted the largest audience section.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die Delivers Big with Impressive Domestic and Global Earnings

Bad Boys: Ride or Die is maybe the first summer movie to debut noticeably ahead of tracking, which projected it to cost between $48 million and $50 million. In addition, it is the season’s second-biggest domestic release after Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, which had a $58 million domestic opening.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die Delivers Big with Impressive Domestic and Global Earnings

The film’s international debut is also encouraging; it brought in $48.6 million from 60 nations, or 58% of the box office receipts of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga in comparable areas. It broke franchise records in Latin America and the Middle East and brought in a healthy $19.3 million in Europe.

The $100 million movie is a follow-up to Bad Boys for Life, which made $62 million domestically in January 2022 and $426 million worldwide before the epidemic forced theater closures. Jerry Bruckheimer is the producer of the Bad Boys series.

Smith and Lawrence reappear as Miami police officers Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey, who must flee when their late police captain is suspected of having ties to drug gangs in an effort to defend his reputation. Bad Boys: Ride or Die was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (credited as Adil & Bilall) from a screenplay by Will Beall and Chris Bremner.

The movie is Smith’s first significant cinema release since he accosted Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscar live broadcast (an incident that the movie seems to touch on).

The Wide Open News has learned that, for the first time since the slap, Smith’s CAA representatives have been contacting studio production executives in recent weeks to discuss potential projects. If Ride or Die does well, the aim is that the actor’s next movie will be revealed soon after.

CEO of Sony Pictures Motion Group Tom Rothman is having a successful weekend. His studio, which also commanded the second spot at the box office, is responsible for the modestly budgeted The Garfield Movie, which brought in an additional $10 million domestically and $15.3 million internationally, for a total worldwide of nearly $200 million, or $192.7 million, against a net budget of $60 million before marketing.

A month after its modest premiere, John Krasinski and Paramount’s original fantasy comedy IF has shown remarkable longevity. After earning $8 million domestically, the Ryan Reynolds-starring film came in at number three. It made an additional $6.2 million abroad, for a total worldwide revenue of $160.7 million.

The Watchers by Ishana Night Shyamalan opened in fourth place. Produced by M. Night Shyamalan, the director’s father, the supernatural thriller brought in $7 million.

Disney and Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes from 20th Century completed the top five with $5.4 million each, making $359.8 million the most amount of money made this summer worldwide.

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