Weekend Box Office (January 24 - 26, 2020)

by Gitesh Pandya

THIS WEEKEND Will Smith and Martin Lawrence easily held onto their box office title as the action sequel Bad Boys For Life remained at number one for a second consecutive time grossing an estimated $34M. The 46% decline was quite good considering this is a franchise film coming off of a holiday weekend launch. Sony has now banked $120.6M in the first ten days and has a shot at hitting the $200M mark domestically - a rare achievement for R-rated films.

The war film 1917 is turning into an Oscar frontrunner and curious audiences continued to come out to see it. Universal grossed an estimated $15.8M this weekend declining only 28% and surpassing the century mark in the process at $103.9M and counting. January is not done yet and we already have two 2020 films breaking the $100M mark - a brand new release and a late 2019 platform pic which expanded wide in 2020. With continued Oscar interest, 1917 may even pass $150M as well.

The poorly-reviewed kidpic Dolittle fell 43% in its second weekend taking in an estimated $12.5M. Robert Downey Jr. saw his domestic cume climb to $44.7M which is below what an expensive project like this would need after the first ten days. But overseas numbers are stronger for Universal with $46.4M to date for a global gross of $91.1M with most key markets like China not even open yet.

Guy Ritchie's action comedy The Gentlemen got off to a good start with an opening weekend of an estimated $11M from 2,165 locations for a respectable $5,095 average. Well-liked by film critics, the R-rated project with an all-star cast skewed towards older men and earned a nice B+ grade from CinemaScore for STX. Overseas markets have contributed $22.5M with many key territories still to come.

Still pulling in audiences in week 7 was Jumanji: The Next Level with an estimated $7.9M, down a slim 19%, for a new total of $283.4M, easily on its way into the $300M+ club. An F grade from CinemaScore audiences is not helping the new horror movie The Turning find any new fans. The PG-13 thriller opened with an estimated $7.3M from 2,571 locations for a weak $2,839 average. Reviews were terrible and paying crowds are in agreement for this Universal release.

Dropping 38% was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with an estimated $5.2M for Disney joining the half-billion club. New totals are now $501.6M domestic, $544.6M international and $1.046 billion global. Sony followed with its Oscar nominee Little Women which collected an estimated $4.7M, off just 26%, for a new cume of $93.7M heading past the century mark.

Just Mercy held well dipping 30% to an estimated $4.1M but has only taken in $27.1M to date for Warner Bros. The whodunit hit Knives Out remained in the top ten for a ninth consecutive weekend grossing an estimated $3.7M. Off only 15%, the Lionsgate film has grossed $151.9M in North America, $134.9M abroad, and $286.8M worldwide.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $106.1M which was up 44% from last year when Glass stayed at number one with $18.9M; and up 4% from 2018 when Maze Runner: The Death Cure opened in the top spot with $24.2M.

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Last Updated: January 26, 2020 at 12:10PM ET

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