The latest box office report is in, and the weekend’s biggest new release, Men in Black: International, won the weekend but it was overall a commercial disappointment.
The spinoff starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson was never expected to perform as well as the earlier films. It made an estimated $28.5 million in the United States and Canada for its opening weekend, according to box office numbers from Entertainment Weekly.
That’s below the $52.1 million that the last movie, Men in Black II, made when it opened in 2002. The original Men in Black from 1997 made $51 million over its opening weekend. Those movies starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the lead roles.
Men in Black International was generally a miss with critics, and the CinemaScore rating of people who saw it in theatres was only a B. In GameSpot’s Men in Black International review, Chris Hayner wrote that the film is “mediocre and unimaginative.”
June 14-16 Us/Canada Box Office
- Men in Black: International — $28.5 million
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 — $23.8 million
- Aladdin — $16.7 million
- Dark Phoenix — $9 million
- Rocketman — $8.8 million
- Shaft — $8.3 million
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters — $8.1 million
- John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum — $6.1 million
- Late Night — $5.1 million
- Ma — $3.6 million