‘Bad Boys For Life’ Heads to Digital for Early Release

Bad Boys for Life (Credit: Sony)

With the nation’s movie theaters shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, Sony Pictures plans an early digital release of Bad Boys for Life.

The action drama starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will hit video-on-demand on March 31. Then it moves to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 21, Sony announced Monday.

The film is the highest grossing movie of the year across the globe after earning $204 million domestically and $419 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

In this latest film in the franchise, Smith reunites with Lawrence as veteran cops who take down the leader of a dangerous Miami drug cartel. The movie is a sequel to Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003).

Bad Boys for Life was released on Jan 17. Traditionally Hollywood doesn’t release most films to video-on-demand before 90 days, but the 74-day window will give moviegoers something new to watch as they shelter in place during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Universal Pictures, Disney, STX Films and other studios have also announced early film releases to digital, including Onward, The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Birds of Prey.

Warner Bros. announced criminal justice drama Just Mercy is coming to video-on-demand starting March 24 and Blu-ray on April 14. The movie stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in the story of a wrongfully-convicted death row prisoner represented by civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson.  The film was released domestically on Dec. 25, 2019 and made $50 million worldwide before theaters went dark following the coronavirus outbreak.