Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys for Life will earn a record breaking opening at the domestic box office.
The film opened with an estimated $68.1 million over the four-day Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend including $59.2 million Fri-Sun.
It’s Sony’s biggest R-rated opening. And it will set the second-highest record for a MLK weekend opening behind American Sniper.
According to CNBC, the third Bad Boys film is actually the highest opening of any new release in January. American Sniper earned $89.3 million during its wide release during MLK weekend in 2014; however, it’d previously been released in a limited capacity, so it doesn’t count as a new release.
And Sony reportedly isn’t stopping with the third film. There’s already a fourth installment of the franchise in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Bremner, who worked on Bad Boys for Life, has been tapped to pen the script. Smith and Lawrence are expected to return for the next sequel, and it’s expected to come soon.
As reported by Deadline, no further details are available on the potential fourth installment.