‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ Saves Will Smith’s Career, Grosses $100M Globally

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have released “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” the latest installment in the Bad Boys franchise. The fourth installment arrives two years after Smith made headlines in 2022 for slapping Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars, sparking controversy.

For Smith, the film has been viewed as a comeback, acting as a test of his abilities to entice moviegoers following the scandal. Prior to the release, an industry insider suggested the Bad Boys franchise was a sure bet for Smith’s comeback, highlighting his talent and financial success. The insider highlighted that one error does not invalidate Smith’s ambitious professional trajectory.

True to form, the movie has been a huge success at the box office. Released on June 7, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, opened in 3,885 theaters, including all premium large format and IMAX theaters, Forbes reported.

The movie has generated impressive box office numbers given its $100 million production budget. According to Variety, it has grossed $104.6 million globally, including $48.6 million internationally. Its predecessor, “Bad Boys for Life,” earned $62.5 million in its 2020 debut and $204 million domestically.

In the meantime, the movie is yet to be released in Italy (June 13), Japan (June 21), or China (June 22).

Bad Boys: Ride or Die, which maintains a balance of action and comedy, takes fans on the journey of characters Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence), playing the roles of Miami detectives. They are then tasked with uncovering a scheme against their late police captain, Conrad Howard (Joe Pantoliano).

“This movie, in really beautiful ways, is the culmination of all three,” Smith said during an interview with Hot 97. “For fans who have been down from the first one, I promise you there’s a moment in this movie where you stand up out of your seat and throw your hands in the air with the level of perfection of the call-back that we have. It’s as good as it’s ever been done. It is incredible. I am hyped for people to see it.”

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