Box office: Bad Boys 4 starts with a bang and outperforms the competition

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Bad Boys: Ride or Die is off to a good start at the US box office.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die made a good start at the US box office.

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A little ray of sunshine through the clouds. After several moribund weeks, the American box office woke up this weekend thanks to Bad Boys: Ride or Die. The new part of the action franchise finished far ahead of the competition, and raked in more than $100 million worldwide for its launch. We take stock.

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Will Smith still (and still) superstar

With $56 million raised in its first weekend, Bad Boys 4 managed to bring audiences back to theaters after the failures of Blue & Company And Furiosasigning a 58% bigger start than George Miller's film.

The new mission of the duo Will Smith / Martin Lawrence has a launch that is certainly less good than the third opus (62 million), but ends up far ahead Bad Boys II (46 million) and the first film from 1995 (15 million), without taking into account inflation.

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

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Worldwide, the film earned an additional $48.6 million for a worldwide total of more than 104 million. Bad Boys: Ride or Die is doing well in Great Britain (4.9 million), Mexico (4.2 million), Germany and Saudi Arabia (3.7 million), as well as in France (3.1 million).

This success also confirms that, two years after the famous slap inflicted on Chris Rock during the Oscars, Will Smith remains an unstoppable star of the big screen, and has been since the 90s, with an impressive number of successes to his credit: Men in Black, Independance Day, I, Robot, I'm a legend and so Bad Boys.

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Garfield: Heroes Despite Himself is a modest success, but a success nonetheless.

Garfield: hero in spite of himself is a modest success, but a success nonetheless.

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Following him, Garfield: hero in spite of himself finished in second place with $10 million. This brings the worldwide total of the animated film to nearly 200 million dollars, which should be enough to satisfy Sony Pictures, which invested “only” 60 million in the production.

Blue & company clings to his third place and adds 8 million to his prize pool. John Krasinski's film with Ryan Reynolds has not yet reached the symbolic mark of 100 million in the United States, and confirms its failure. With a bill announced at 110 million, the blow is tough for Paramount Pictures.

Dakota Fanning in The Watchers.

Dakota Fanning in The Watchers.

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Bad Boys 4 is not the only novelty to find a place in the top 5. The film The Watchers by Ishana Night Shyamalan (daughter of M. Night Shyamalan) records $7 million for its first weekend of operation. An unpromising start for this horror feature film, a genre which has a habit of starting strong and collapsing in the second week.

Note that with 4.2 million dollars collected this week, Furiosa: a Mad Max saga is already ousted from the top 5, and this in its third weekend. George Miller's film will end its career below $200 million worldwide.

Chris Hemsworth in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

Chris Hemsworth in Furiosa: a Mad Max saga.

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US box office June 7-9, 2024 (estimates)

MOVIE WEEKEND CUMULATIVE UNITED STATES WORLD CUMULATION WEEK
1 Bad Boys: Ride or Die $56,000,000 $56,000,000 $104,600,000 1
2 Garfield: hero in spite of himself $10,000,163 $68,613,000 $192,713,000 3
3 Blue & Company $8,000,212 $93,520,000 $160,720,000 4
4 The Watchers $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $11,700,000 1
5 Planet of the Apes: The New Kingdom $5,400,000 $149,772,773 $359,772,773 5
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