Work begins on the next series of the film 'Bad Boys'

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The film, which is up for 10 Oscars including best picture and best director at next month's Academy Awards, has made almost $140 million worldwide, according to the studio.

Box office experts attest "Bad Boys for Life" succeeded where oh so many attempts to reboot decades-old properties (see: "Men in Black" and "Charlie's Angels") failed thanks to the chemistry between Lawrence and Smith.

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"Bad Boys for Life" is also the biggest opening ever for an R-rated Sony release.

The film is also seeing critical success with a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and a 97% rating from fans. Universal Pictures released "Dolittle" against the actioner "Bad Boys for Life" in theaters across the country, and the match-up turned out to be a little one-sided. Universal's "Dolittle" disappointed in its debut, pulling in $17.2 million from 42 worldwide territories, as well as $22.5 million in the USA for a global start of $49.8 million. On Saturday evening, it won an award for feature films at the Producers Guild Awards, which it has awarded 30 times in the past two years as best picture Oscar 21. Finally, Lionsgate's "Knives Out", which earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, is expected to cross $150 million domestic this week after adding an estimated $5.2 million this weekend. Comparatively, "Bad Boys II" opened to $46 million 17 years ago and wrapped its entire theatrical run with $65.8 million.

Sony announced last week that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a Bad Boys 4 is under construction in the movie studio. Let's start with the bad news: their latest film, "Dolittle", is about to join "Cats" as the studio's second box office flop this winter.

Sony's "Jumanji: The Next Level" and Disney's "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" rounded out the top five.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.



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