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Will Smith’s “Bad Boys” hits N167m in Nigerian cinemas in 11 days


Hollywood action comedy “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” starring Will Smith, has made a big splash in Nigerian cinemas, grossing N167 million in its first 11 days.

The film premiered on June 7, 2024, and has quickly become the top Hollywood movie in Nigeria, according to data from Film One Entertainment.

Produced by and starring Will Smith, along with Martin Lawrence, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” earned N68.94 million in its opening weekend (June 7-9, 2024), making it the most-watched movie in Nigerian cinemas during that period. Within six days, it surpassed the N100 million mark, grossing over N104 million.

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Directed by Adil & Bilall and written by Chris Bremner and Will Beall, this film is the fourth installment in the popular buddy cop series. It continues the adventures of Miami detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence). The cast also includes returning actors Joe Pantoliano, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núñez, Jacob Scipio, John Salley, and DJ Khaled. Newcomer Tasha Smith joins as Theresa Burnett, replacing Theresa Randle.

The movie focuses on detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett as they strive to clear the name of their late Captain Conrad Howard, who is falsely accused of conspiracy. The film’s blend of action and comedy, along with the dynamic chemistry between lead actors Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has captivated audiences once again.

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Premiering at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on May 22, 2024, the movie was released in the United States on June 7, 2024. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” has proven to be a commercial success, grossing over $120 million worldwide against a production budget of $100 million. The film’s mix of high-octane action and humor, coupled with the star power of its leads, has significantly contributed to its box office success.

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Meanwhile, Nigerian films like “Ajosepo” and “Funmilayo Ransom Kuti” are also performing well in cinemas, each grossing over N100 million.

“Bad Boys: Ride or Die” is a thrilling and comedic addition to the franchise that continues to resonate well with fans, both old and new.