The latest box office report is in, and the weekend's biggest new release, Men in Black: International, won the weekend, beating out The Secret Life of Pets 2. However, it was overall a commercial disappointment.
The spin-off starring Thor Ragnarok tandem 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 $54.6 million made by the last movie in the series, Men in Black 3, during its opening weekend in 2012. The original Men in Black from 1997 made $51 million over its opening weekend, while Men in Black 2 made $52.1 million when it opened in 2002. 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