Universal’s fantasy-adventure grossed $925,000 from Thursday night previews from 3,050 North American theaters, with showings beginning at 5 p.m. The film, projected for a four-day opening of $22 million to $25 million, carries a $180 million-plus price tag.
“Bad Boys for Life,” meanwhile, launched solidly with $6.4 million at 3,154 North American locations. That’s a new record for a January preview, topping the $5.3 million mark by “American Sniper” in 2015.
Sony’s sequel to 1995’s “Bad Boys” and 2003’s “Bad Boys II,” which began preview showings starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday night, should collect $38 million from 3,740 venues over the four-day holiday weekend. The film reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as old-school cops taking down the leader of a Miami drug cartel, and carries a $90 million production budget.
“Bad Boys for Life,” from directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, has generated a mostly positive reception,