Men in Black: International Wins the Weekend Box Office With a Franchise Low

In 1997, the original Men in Black debuted with $51 million in its opening weekend. Its two sequels modestly improved on that opening total. However, Men in Black: International broke the trend with a dismal $28.5 million opening. That was good enough to win the weekend box office. But Sony’s dreams of a fully revived MiB franchise appear to be dashed.

Via Deadline, The Secret Life of Pets 2 fell to second place, with $23.8 million. That’s less than $6 million behind MiB: International; which suggests that this weekend’s box office race was much closer than expected. Meanwhile, Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake is showing its legs at #3. In its fourth weekend, Aladdin took in $16.17 million, and brought its domestic total to $263.5 million. As for Dark Phoenix, its box office fortunes have taken another turn for the worse. The final X-Men movie from Fox fell 73% to $9 million. It’s an astounding drop for a franchise that was once the forerunner of every superhero movie that came after it.

The Elton John bio-pic, Rocketman, finished in fifth place with $8.8. million. That brings its domestic total to $66.1 million.

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Shaft, another summer sequel/revival, opened with a disappointing $8.3 million in sixth place. Godzilla: King of the Monsters followed in seventh place with $8.1 million. One of the summer’s most successful sequels, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, took the eighth slot with $6.1 million. Late Night ($5.1 million) and Ma ($3.6 million) came in at ninth and tenth, respectively.

For the first time since its release, Avengers: Endgame didn’t place in the top 10. But it’s possible that Marvel’s most recent film may get a bump when Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives on July 2. However, Toy Story 4 will easily take next weekend’s box office crown, and probably the weekend after as well.

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