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‘Bad Boys,’ Great Box Office

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While watching Bad Boys for Life in the middle of January, I wondered why there wasn’t more of an effort to sell the sequel as a trip to Miami in the dead of winter. A virtual trip to the beaches of Southern Florida for some sun, fun, and guns. Lots and lots of guns. As it turns out, the movie didn’t need more help attracting crowds over its opening weekend. Bad Boys for Life grossed an unexpected $59.2 million over three days — and an estimated $68.1 million counting the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For the three-day weekend, that’s 6.5 million tickets sold.

Contrary to most of the claims out there, though, it wasn’t the best debut of the franchise. Back in 2003, Bad Boys II had a bigger audience for its opening weekend. While grossing only $46.5 million in its first three days, back then that amounted to 7.7 million tickets sold. Of course, that was a summer release. Bad Boys for Life may at least have broken a record for best January opening — not counting American Sniper‘s wide release or the Star Wars Special Edition........

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