When was the last time an R-Rated movie topped the American box office? That would be all the way back in 2014 with American Sniper. And before that? All the way back to 1998 with Saving Private Ryan. The last time an R-Rated action movie topped the box office was in 1991 with Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
We’ve stolen a round though, in 2020.
Bad Boys for Life topped the box office with $204 million. A 1990’s-borne R-Rated actioner. The second strongest movie was war film 1917 with $157 million. Comic movies did not even enter the top five, with Birds of Prey in sixth place.
… there was the little matter of the ‘virus’ and lockdowns happening worldwide, with Bad Boys for Life opening in January and getting ahead of things. But still, a win is a win.
Then there’s 2021. Although (probably) not R-Rated, Top Gun: Maverick is looking like it may dominate the box office as a ‘traditional’ action movie. It’s being released in July theatrically, and along with being a great looking film in itself, this lockdown nonsense will probably have died off by then. People will see that film in their droves.
Hopefully we’re also finally witnessing the beginnings of superhero fatigue in earnest.