'Bad Boys for Life' victorious at N. American box office

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Will Smith and Martin Lawrence attend the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Bad Boys For Life" at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 14, 2020 in Hollywood, California

Sony's "Bad Boys for Life" held on to its lead in the North American box office during the weekend, again edging out Universal's "1917" and "Dolittle," industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday.

The weekend cinema was overshadowed by Sunday's blockbuster TV event, the National Football League's Super Bowl, when theaters are often near-empty.

Overall weekend ticket sales of roughly $85 million were the lowest in years, another industry tracker, Comscore, reported.

Still, action comedy "Bad Boys," with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles as wise-cracking detectives, took in $17.7 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.

"1917," a war film which lacks big stars but has steadily racked up awards, placed second at $9.5 million. The Sam Mendes film, shot as if it were one continuous take, is an Oscar favorite.

"Dolittle," based on the children's book about a veterinarian who can talk to the animals, has drawn tepid reviews but, with an all-star cast headed by Robert Downey Jr and Emma Thompson, placed third at $7.6 million.

In fourth was new horror film "Gretel and Hansel" from United Artists.

The dark reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale earned nearly $6.2 million -- not bad for a film produced with a relatively tiny budget of $5 million, according to Variety.

Fifth spot went to Sony's "Jumanji: The Next Level" at $6 million. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart star in the action sequel.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"The Gentlemen" ($5.6 million)

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" ($3.2 million)

"Little Women" ($3.1 million)

"The Turning" ($3 million)

"The Rhythm Section" ($2.7 million)