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Movie Monday: ‘Bad Boys’ Gets Good Start

Movie turnstiles have seen a few bad weeks. Leave it to a couple of Bad Boys to turn things around at bit.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die barreled to the top of the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $56 million in North America. While Ride or Die didn’t quite equal the debut of its most recent predecessor (Bad Boys for Life earned $62.5 million during its opening weekend in 2020), it did earn more than the rest of its cinematic competitors combined. (The other 24 films in theatrical release took in about $47 million, according to Box Office Mojo.)

Ride or Die nabbed another $48.6 million overseas, according to early estimates, pushing its one-weekend total to $104.6 million.

The Garfield Movie finished a distant second to Ride or Die, earning $10 million. That pushes its overall domestic gross to $68.6 million, and its worldwide tally to a very purr-worthy $192.7 million. Not too bad for a nearly 46-year-old tabby.

IF slid into third place with $8 million, while newcomer The Watchers landed in fourth place with $7 million. Which makes its title a bit ironic, no? I mean, it doesn’t seem like a lot of people actually watched The Watchers.

Meanwhile, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes finished fifth with $5.4 million, cementing itself as one of the year’s few relative successes. Kingdom has now earned $149.8 million overall in North America, which makes it just one of five films to crack the $100 million mark. And it’s done even better overseas. Add in the $210 million it’s earned internationally, and Kingdom’s grand total is a gorilla-sized $359.8 million.

Oh—and just because I know there may be a few Lord of the Rings fans out there, rereleases of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers finished eighth and ninth, respectively—the former adding $2.4 million and the latter $1.9 million to its already overstuffed treasuries. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will be riding into movie theaters tonight. And all three will be in theaters yet again the next two weekends. Clearly, the folks behind LOTR believe that there must be one franchise to rule them all.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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