Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. This week, Bad Boys for Life hit a financial triple (or field goal?), while newcomers The Rhythm Section and Gretel & Hansel failed to make the Top 3.
This Week’s Top Earner (For The Third Weekend In A Row) – ‘Bad Boys For Life’
The Bad Boys have been having a good time at the box office. Thanks to strong legs, the action-comedy maintained its top spot with $17.6 million domestically, which is almost double the #2 film of the week, 1917. Sony Pictures has reason to celebrate because Bad Boys for Life is getting close to $300 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $90 million. Too bad they can’t call the next one Bad Boys 4 Life.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
1917 and Dolittle ran in place this past weekend in the #2 and #3 spots, with each film from Universal showing solid performance and low percentage drops as we enter February. When it comes to this week’s new wide releases, Gretel & Hansel (United Artists) managed to outperform The Rhythm Section (Paramount) by landing at #4 with $6 million domestically. Good thing the horror fantasy only has a reported budget of just $5 million, as it lives or dies depending on how you feel about director Oz Perkins’ style.
Unfortunately, The Rhythm Section didn’t exactly kill with audiences. The assassin drama made just $2.8 million in over 3,000 theaters, which is the worst opening for a wide release in quite a while. That number puts the film at #10 below The Gentlemen (STX), Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney), The Turning (Universal), and Little Women (Sony). Due to its reported budget of $50 million, The Rhythm Section could be the first major flop of 2020.
And They’re Out
Only two films fell off the Top 10 this week. First up is Knives Out (Lionsgate), which is finally winding down its incredible 10-week run at the box office at #11. Rian Johnson’s murder mystery thriller made $290.5 million worldwide—with over half that number counting as domestic—and it only cost an estimated $40 million to make. If you were hoping to see Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc solving even more mind-bending puzzles, you might just be in luck.
Last is Just Mercy (Warner Bros), which fell three spots to #12 after six weeks at the box office as a limited release initially before going wider in early January. The legal drama starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan was a modest moneymaker—it earned $37.3 million—but we don’t know for sure if the budget was low enough to make this one profitable for the studio.
That’s it for this weekend. Check back with Atom Insider next week as we recap all the newest releases vying for the top of the box office.