Sony’s sequel Men in Black International took the top spot at the domestic box office over the weekend. The film, which is the fourth film in the series, took in an estimated $28.5 million. The film took in another $73.7 million internationally for a total worldwide haul of $102 million. While not a bad worldwide number it’s the lowest opening weekend of the series so far, with nearly half of the opening weekend numbers of the last three films. Each of those films opened with around $50 million and ended their runs between $180-$250 million domestically.
The other new release over the weekend opening at a disappointing sixth place was the threequel Shaft. The film opened with $8.3 million in its freshman weekend. That is less than half of what the 2000 sequel Shaft pulled with that Paramount release opening with $21.7 million on 500 fewer screens.
Last week’s top three films took spots two thru five this weekend. Universal’s animated feature The Secret Life of Pets 2 took in another $23.8 million while Disney’s live action remake of their classic animated feature Aladdin took in another $16.7 million. Including international receipts the film has now taken in approximately $724.8 million worldwide.
20th Century’s Fox’s X-Men finale Dark Phoenix picked up another $9.0 million. Finally rounding out the top five was Paramount’s biopic Rocketman which picked up another $8.8 million.
- Men in Black International (Sony) $28.5 million
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal) $23.8 million
- Aladdin (Disney) $16.7 million
- Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox) $9.0 million
- Rocketman (Paramount) $8.8 million
Next weekend will see the release of the highly anticipated Disney sequel Toy Story 4. In a clever move of counter programming United Artists will open their own toy story when the horror film Child’s Play opens. Rounding out the releases Lionsgate will open the action film Anna while Neon will open the comedy drama Wild Rose.