Ride Or Die takes the franchise past a billion-dollar box office milestone

Directed by Michael Bay and released in 1995, “Bad Boys” was Will Smith’s first starring role in a film, and is largely responsible for making Hollywood sit up and take notice of him as a movie star, rather than just a sitcom -star. At the time, Martin Lawrence had a little more experience on the big screen, via the “House Party” films, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and a theatrical release of his stand-up show “You So Crazy.” Their on-screen chemistry combined with Bay’s bombastic directing style helped “Bad Boys” gross $141.4 million worldwide, and 2003’s “Bad Boys II” nearly doubled that figure.

The real powerhouse in this multibillion-dollar achievement, however, is “Bad Boys for Life,” which holds the honor of being the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office in 2020. Admittedly, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns played a major role. a big role there, but ‘Bad Boys for Life’ nevertheless grossed $426.5 million worldwide – hence the fairly quick turnaround on this latest sequel.

“Bad Boys: Ride or Die” probably won’t soar that high (its opening weekend total was a few million lower than “Bad Boys for Life”), but it wouldn’t be surprising if it cracked the $400 million mark worldwide exceed. No, they’re definitely not too old for this s**t.