While overall box-office for the year is up, much of that money is being funnelled to fewer and fewer titles with several big films falling by the wayside.
This weekend sees two new wide releases, both sequels in long-running franchises, hitting the screen with big actors in starring roles – “Men in Black International” and “Shaft”. Sadly both have scored terrible reviews according to the critics, and now early estimates for their openings are being downgraded.
Previously “Men in Black International” had been tracking to open around $30-$50 million, considerably down on the $51-54 million each of the previous three films opened with.
Now though, the studio has apparently downgraded it to $30 million in their last minute pre-release estimates, and others are suggesting lower – possibly in the mid-$20 million range. The film made $3.1 million from preview screenings last night.
The films in the series have often performed very well internationally so it’s hoped overseas will make up for any potential domestic shortfall overall. Even so, the film may not take the top spot this weekend with “The Secret Life of Pets 2” possibly retaining it in its second outing which is currently tipped to be $25 million for the three days.
It’s still fairing better than the new “Shaft” which made $600,000 in previews and is looking likely to open in fourth place at around $14 million – behind “Aladdin” with a further $15-16 million and ahead of “Dark Phoenix” in fifth with $13 million.
Source: Box-Office Mojo