Bad Boys: Ride Or Die Increases Opening Weekend Speed To $52M, Garfield Pounces On 2nd Place With $10M+ Friday PM Update

Bad Boys: Ride or Die Opening weekend hits $52 million, surpassing initial tracking despite market concerns.

Positive audience reception: 97% Rotten Tomatoes audience score, A- CinemaScore. Fans forgiving Will Smith post-Oscar incident, praising his return to action movies.

The Garfield Movie: Secures second place with a projected $10.3 million third weekend, totaling $68.9 million by Sunday.

Expected to surpass the domestic earnings of the 2004 20th Century Fox movie, which ended at $75.3 million.

The Watchers: Performs poorly with an estimated $3 million Friday and a projected $6.7M-$7.1M weekend

Receives a C- CinemaScore and 57% Rotten Tomatoes audience score. Negative chatter attributed to dissatisfaction with M. Night Shyamalan's involvement as a producer.

Overall Market Outlook: Positive reception for "Bad Boys: Ride or Die" boosts industry confidence.

Exhibitors and distributors relieved by the film's performance, heading towards a $50 million weekend.