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“The Gentlemen” Take On The “Bad Boys” as “The Turning” Adds to Universal’s Run of Flops

January of 2020 came to a close over the weekend with an up and down “dump month” providing several hits but even more misses for the box office. The final weekend of the first month of the new decade sought to remedy that with two new offerings, Universal’s “The Turning” and STX’s “The Gentlemen”, and a promising holdover in “Bad Boys for Life” from Sony. After a stellar debut in its first weekend was “Bad Boys” able to repeat as the victor or did a new film find its way to the top of the chart. Let’s take a look in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.

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After an incredible MLK debut “Bad Boys for Life” destroyed the competition for a second consecutive week scoring a $34 million sophomore haul domestically. The threequel released 12 years after the second entry in the action franchise also earned another $42 million internationally bringing its worldwide box office to $215 million after two weekends. The success of the film both critically and commercially has already led to a fourth movie being green lit. Universal’s “1917” held the second spot for a second weekend after winning in its expansion three weeks ago. Dropping only 28% the World War I Oscar contender earned $15.8 million domestically pushing its gross to over $103.8 million. Globally the film has now topped $200 million. Universal also owned the third-place finish with its critically panned “Dolittle” which grabbed $12.5 million in its sophomore weekend reaching a global tally of $91 million. The critically panned reboot is expected to be a massive box office bomb for Universal which is hot off a successful 2019.

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The first newcomer to the top ten, and the only new addition to the top five, was “The Gentlemen”. Directed by Guy Ritchie and receiving decent critical and audience scores, the crime comedy grabbed around $11 million in its domestic opening. Miramax and STX plan to expand the film to even more theaters this coming weekend. Internationally “The Gentlemen” already proved to be a popular alternate viewing option having opened outside of the United States in several markets prior to this past weekend. So far, the film has earned $33.5 million at the global box office. You can read my review of the picture by clicking here. Rounding out the top five was Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” which now sits at $738 million globally after debuting in mid-December.

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Universal had another failure on its hands to start off 2020 just outside the top five in sixth. “The Turning”, which was produced in association with DreamWorks and is the latest cinematic adaptation of “The Turn of the Screw”, was dead on arrival as critics and fans both completely destroyed the film earning it the rare “F” CinemaScore from viewers. The horror feature is still likely to break bank due to its small budget even with a measly $7.3 million opening domestically. It earned another $800,000 overseas in its debut. You can read my rather scathing review of “The Turning” by clicking here. Rounding out the top ten were “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, “Little Women”, “Just Mercy” and “Knives Out”. The only other new wide release on the weekend was “The Last Full Measure”, a true story Vietnam War-themed film that landed in 17th after opening in only 614 theaters to the tune of $1.05 million.

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“Bad Boys for Life” has a good chance at a threepeat atop the chart pending how well audiences react to two newcomers on the scene before “Bird of Prey” soars onto big screen in early February. Paramount will attempt to make an impact with the Blake Lively-led action thriller “The Rhythm Section” while UAR will offer yet another horror feature for January 2020 with their version of the “Hansel & Gretel” story called…wait for it…”Gretel & Hansel”! We shall see if either of these films are able to topple Sony’s action sequel next week or if the “Bad Boys” will ride at number one again.

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