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‘Bad Boys: Ride Or Die’ Shifts Into High Gear With $104.6M Global Opening Weekend

The sequel brought in $56 million domestically, while the international box office brought in $48.6 million.

The fourth film installment of the Bad Boys franchise has proven to be another box-office hit for the comedy-action duo of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

According to Variety, Bad Boys: Ride or Die pulled in a worldwide total of $104.6 million during its opening weekend. Reportedly, the movie brought in $56 million from 3,885 theaters domestically. The international box office was a stellar $48.6 million.

“Very few action comedies get to four episodes—the jokes start to run thin and the stories get repetitive—but when they do, they hold up well,” David A. Gross of movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research told Variety. “Bad Boys is in elite company, and the series has room to run.”

The original Bad Boys opened in 1995.

The well-received sequel seemingly has the movie audience back in Smith’s corner after the rapper-turned-actor slapped comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards.

The Associated Press reported that the previous sequel, January 2020’s Bad Boys for Life had a $62.5 million opening weekend, several weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. It became the highest-grossing movie release in 2020 with $204 million in total domestic sales. The movie ultimately made $426.5 million at the worldwide box office.

This isn’t Smith’s first movie to be released after his now-infamous Oscars slap of Chris Rock. Emancipation came out on Apple TV in October 2022.

Next up for Smith is a sequel to another hit, 2007’s I Am Legend. Smith will teaming up with Michael B. Jordan, Deadline reported. The original movie followed Robert Neville in a post-apocalyptic New York City overrun with zombies.

I Am Legend made $77.2 million in its debut weekend at the box office and ended up grossing $256.4 million domestically and $585.4 million worldwide.

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