‘MEN IN BLACK’ LEADS LAME BOX OFFICE – (06/17/2019)
The box office seems to be in a slump, especially when it comes to franchises. Men in Black: International, led by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and Shaft became the latest sequels to be dismissed by audiences. Sony’s MIB led ticket sales at the box office this weekend with $28.5 million, but it fell far short of expectations of $30 million+.
Previous iterations of MIB, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, all opened with $50 million+. Internationally, MIB generated $73 million, for a total haul of $102.2 million.
Universal and Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 brought in $23 million.
Warner Bros. and New Line’s Shaft, starring Samuel L. Jackson, also tanked garnering $14 million in sales. 2000’s Shaft, meanwhile, launched with $21.7 million.
But originals didn’t fare well either. Late Night, starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, snagged $5.1 million to land it in ninth place.
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Top 10 at the Box Office:
- Men in Black International– $28.5 M
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 – $23.0 M
- Aladdin– $15.6 M
- Shaft– $14.0 M
- Dark Phoenix– $13.1 M
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters– $7.4 M
- Rocketman– $7.3 M
- Late Night– $5.1 M
- John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum– $4.5 M
- Ma– $3.2 M