January is in the books and while the first month of 2020 offered a few choice hits it’s been a pretty slow start for the box office with several duds helping make the debut month of the new decade one of the most underwhelming dump months in recent memory. Sony didn’t seem to mind as their threequel “Bad Boys for Life” has taken full advantage of the lack of real competition to score two consecutive weeks at number one. However, with the first weekend of February two films sought to maybe upset the action flick, Paramount’s “The Rhythm Section” and United Artists Releases’ “Gretel & Hansel”. If you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, the end result was pretty inevitable so let’s see how the numbers played out over Super Bowl weekend in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
As expected “Bad Boys for Life” continued its winning streak earning a third straight weekend at number one at the domestic box office becoming the third movie and third sequel to accomplish the feat since November of 2019 (along with “Frozen II” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”). It’s also a big win for Sony which went the entirety of the last TWO decades without a single threepeat winner from its core studio, at least I couldn’t find any. The $17.1 million domestic take wasn’t the same blowout victory the film had in its first two weekends but was more than enough to hold off Universal’s perennial top-three holdovers “1917” and “Dolittle” which earned $9.6 million and $7.7 million placing second and third respectively giving us the same exact top three films for three consecutive weekends…I’m not even going to try to discover when that happened last. “Bad Boys” now sits at over $271 million globally including a series-best international total of $142.7 million. “1917”, a heavy Oscar favorite going into this weekend’s big show, now stands at over $129 million after almost a month in wide release while “Dolittle” continues to struggle with only $126 million worldwide after three weekends.
Landing in fourth was one of two new entries into the top ten for the weekend, the fourth horror film of 2020 “Gretel & Hansel”. Scoring a $6 million debut, the horror picture from UAR envisioned as the potential first entry in an expanded universe of horror fairytale adaptations fell below expectations earning middle-of-the-road reviews from both audiences and critics. My take was a little more positive and you can read my full review here. “The Gentlemen” rounded out the top five while holdovers “Jumanji: The Next Level”, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, “The Turning”, and “Little Women” placed sixth through ninth respectively. Finally finishing out the top ten was the other new offering of the weekend Paramount’s “The Rhythm Section” which earned an unfortunate record as the worst opening ever for a movie released in over 3,000 grossing only $2.8 million domestically, below even the lowest expectations. I was one of the very few who gave the movie a chance so you can read my review by clicking here if you’re interested.
The “Bad Boys” reign at the top will end this coming weekend as some bad girls take over with the release of Warner Bros. latest DC adaptations “Birds of Prey”. A sort-of sequel to “Suicide Squad” following Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, “Birds of Prey” will bring several DC female characters together to take on a common enemy as the first comic book adaptations of 2020. It will be the only wide release of the weekend opening in 4,100 theaters and is expected to destroy the competition as a result. Also the Oscars are this weekend so several award contending holdovers could see a big push as well. We’ll see how things play out this time next week.