Will Smith Returns as the Summer Box Office King

It’s been over three years since we’ve seen Will Smith on the big screen, but he reminded us why he’s one of the biggest box office stars in the universe this extended holiday weekend as his new movie Men in Black 3 (Sony), co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, debuted at #1 with an estimated $70 million over the four-day weekend, while taking in $203 million globally. The movie opened in 4,248 locations on Friday, where it averaged roughly $16.5 thousand per site in a combination of 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX. The other $133.2 million was brought in from 106 international territories, opening #1 in all of them. IMAX reported yesterday that $12.5 million of that four-day worldwide gross was amassed from the 473 IMAX screens on which Smith’s action-comedy was playing.

After three weeks at #1, Marvel’s The Avengers (Walt Disney Pictures) graciously gave way for another movie, still holding up strong over the holiday weekend with $46.9 million in 3,918 locations, down just 16% from last weekend. In case you were wondering, the $37 million it made over the three-day weekend makes it the second-highest fourth weekend, right between James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.

Over the weekend, the movie crossed the $500 million mark, only the fourth movie in history to do so. Globally, the film has brought in $1.3 billion, putting it just $28 million behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 to become the third-highest grossing movie ever globally. (Cameron’s two movies have little to worry about, having grossed over $2 billion globally each.)

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