Though it topped the box-office, this week’s $110 million-budgeted “Men in Black: International” came in considerably lower than expected with the film’s $28.5 million domestic three-day haul considered a dud with the lowest summer opening of 2019 so far.
The previous lowest opening for a “Men in Black” film was $51 million. Combined with the bombing of “Shaft” in sixth place with just over $8 million, this marks the third-straight weekend that a sequel had a poor opening at the domestic box office (following “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and “Dark Phoenix”). All four films previously mentioned all had terrible critical reviews.
It was also the worst overall weekend of the Summer which was down 50% on the same weekend from last year when “Incredibles 2” opened to big numbers. Overseas may save “Men in Black” with the film garnering a more impressive $73.7 million on opening weekend.
Faring better was indie fare like “Late Night” which expanded wide and came in ninth with $5.1 million, along with Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” which was twelfth with $2.1 million.