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Bad Boys: Ride or Die makes a major impact at the box office, grossing more than $100 million in its opening weekend.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fourth picture in the long-running Bad Boys series, which premiered in cinemas nationwide on June 7, earned $56 million in domestic revenue. Bad Boys: Ride or Die finished its first weekend with a total global gross of $104.6 million, just barely exceeding the film’s $100 million budget.

The Bad Boys series began with Michael Bay’s picture of the same name, which opened on April 7, 1995. Martin Lawrence appears as Detective Sergeant Marcus Miles Burnett, while Will Smith plays Detective Sergeant Michael Eugene “Mike” Lowrey. Two narcotics investigators in the original film investigated a missing amount of heroin stolen from the Miami Police Department’s safe vault. Despite harsh criticism from critics, the film captivated fans with its suspenseful plot and spectacular action.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die Gets the Highest Audience Score of the Franchise

Bad Boys II debuted in 2003, reuniting the first film’s protagonists with Bay, who returned to direct, as well as other returning performers Theresa Randle and Joe Pantaleoni. Despite the sequel garnering even harsher criticism than the first, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah filmed a third film in the series, “Bad Boys for Life,” which was released in 2020. In a surprising turn for the series, Bad Boys for Life received widespread praise from reviewers and consumers alike, earning nominations for a dozen major industry awards, including Best Movie at the BET Awards and Favorite Movie at the People’s Choice Awards. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Bad Boys: Ride or Die now has the greatest audience score of any film in the series, with a 97% fresh rating.

In a recent interview on Sean Evans’ popular online series Hot Ones, produced by First We Feast, Smith discussed why Hollywood has struggled to make profitable blockbuster pictures in recent years. “It’s just harder to get one,” Will Smith said. “You used to be able to throw some explosives in the trailer, along with a couple of excellent jokes, and people would come. And since television is so wonderful, people are no longer willing to leave their homes for certain activities. So there’s a larger need for a specific style of film to get people to leave their homes.”

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