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Battle at the Box Office 2/3

By Zach

The weekend of the Super Bowl is always slow for movie theaters here in the US but Bad Boys for Life managed to hold strong and continue its early 2020 dominance at the box office.

Bad Boys for Life took in another $17.6 million, bringing its domestic total to just shy of $150 million and its worldwide total to just shy of $300 million.  It is officially the highest-grossing Bad Boys movie worldwide, easily passing Bad Boys II final worldwide total of $273.2 million back in 2003.

1917, with its continued award season dominance, also remained strong, staying in second place and only dropping 40% from last weekend.  It made another $9.5 million, bringing it to just over $119 million domestic and over $248 million worldwide.  If it wins Best Picture during this coming weekend’s Oscars, it could get a massive boost and stay strong on the charts.

Dolittle remained in third place with $7.5 million, bringing it to $55.1 million domestic and $126.5 million worldwide.

Gretel & Hansel did the best of the new releases, debuting in fourth place with $6.2 million, but that’s kind of low compared to other recent horror movies like The Grudge and The Turning, both of which didn’t necessarily set the world on fire either.  It’s also below the similar The Witch from 2016.

Jumanji: The Next Level rounded out the top 5 with another $6 million and it has made just under $755 million worldwide.

The Gentlemen had a somewhat decent hold from last weekend but it did fall to seventh place with $5.6 million, bringing it to $20 million for two weeks out.  The Turning had a steeper drop after its toxic F rating from Cinemascore, falling to ninth place with $3 million.

The Rhythm Section had a disastrous opening, not even getting into the top 10 with only $2.8 million.  It is now the absolute worst opening ever for a movie opening in over 3,000 theaters, topping the previous record-holder, Hoot, which had opened to $3.4 million in 3,018 theaters back in 2006.  In case you’re wondering, the rest of the bottom 5 is The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, Fun Size and Burnt.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal inspired The Assistant took the Per Theater average with $19,785 in each of the four theaters it played in.  Ozark’s Julia Garner stars as an assistant to a powerful movie producer who realizes the abuses that are happening behind closed doors.

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