As noted by Deadline, the first movie in the franchise launched in 1995 and made $141.4M worldwide. The sequel, Bad Boys II, was released eight years later and grossed $273.3M WW bringing the franchise’s total to $414.7M. This latest installment cost a reported $90M before P&A, and the studio is banking on a record opening MLK holiday weekend next month
“Bad Boys For Life” follows “Marcus Burnett (Lawrence), who is now a police inspector, and Mike Lowery (Smith), who is in a midlife crisis. The two unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus,” the outlet writes.
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Smith and Lawrence recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the film, and the actors noted that their reunion for the third film has been “really special.”
“It’s been really special,” Smith said. “We just got back. We shot some pieces in Atlanta, and just people seeing us together on the street — there’s like this really magical thing with Bad Boys.”
“I didn’t know people had that kind of energy towards it,” he added, with Lawrence chiming in, “Well we’re back! We’re here!”
Smith also said he wasn’t worried about that he and Martin’s onscreen chemistry might have changed since the last film.
“We hadn’t really done anything in [years] so there was a little concern, you know, how will it be with the chemistry?” he said. “But literally the first moment on stage, like, that first moment connecting, it was right back.”
“Bad Boys for Life” opens nationwide on January 17-20.
Watch their interview with Ellen below.