‘Bad Boys for Life’ Brings the Heat, Delivering $68 Million Mlk Debut

The Martin Luther King holiday is bringing more box office heat than originally expected as Sony’s Bad Boys for Life delivered the second largest Mlk four-day performance ever as well as the studio’s largest R-rated opening ever.

Added to that, even Universal’s Dolittle outperformed expectations, though the $175 million production still has a long way to go.Debuting with an estimated $68.1 million, Sony’s Bad Boys for Life exploded into theaters, delivering the second largest Martin Luther King weekend gross ever, topping 2014’s Ride Along, which opened with $48.6 million.

The film’s $59.17 million three-day performance is also the second largest January three-day debut, just behind 2015’s American Sniper ($89.26m) as well as the studio’s largest R-rated opening ever, topping the $57 million opening for 22 Jump Street back in 2014.While the records are great, some of the best news the film could receive began with the solid critical response followed by a welcome audience reaction,

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