The summer box office is heating up and “Men in Black: International,” “Shaft,” and “Late Night” hit theaters across the country this weekend. All three films were hoping to win the week before taking on “Toy Story 4,” “Child’s Play,” and “Anna” next week, but a slow box office put a damper on the studio’s forecasts.
“Men in Black: International” won the weekend, bringing in $28.5M across 4,224 locations. F. Gary Gray directed “Men in Black: International,” which features Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kumail Nanjiani.
Barry Sonnenfeld directed the original “Men in Black” in 1997. The first film opened at number-one at the domestic box office with a $51M opening before going on to make $589M for the studio. Sonnenfeld returned to direct “Men in Black II” in 2002, and the sequel made $52M on its opening weekend before grossing $441M worldwide. Sonnenfeld returned to franchise for the third installment in 2012, and “MIB 3” opened with $54M before grossing $624M globally.
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” dropped to second-place this weekend, bringing in $23.8M across 4,564 locations nationwide. Now in its second week in theaters, the animated-comedy sits with a $92M domestic total. Chris Renaud and Jonathan del Val directed “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which features the voice talents of Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, and Nick Kroll.
Disney’s “Aladdin” landed in third-place overall, making $16.7M in its fourth-week. Disney’s live-action adaptation currently has a $263.4M domestic gross. Guy Ritchie directed “Aladdin,” and the live-action remake stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott, and Mena Massoud.
FOX’s “Dark Phoenix” continues to struggle at the box office, making $9M on its follow up weekend to reach a two-week total of $51M domestically. Simon Kinberg directed “Dark Phoenix,” which features Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Jessica Chastain.
Fifth-place overall on the domestic charts went to “Rocketman,” which made $8.8M across 3,021 locations. Now in its third week in theaters, the musical has made over $66.1M domestically. “Rocketman” was directed by Dexter Fletcher, and features Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Not making the top five but worth mentioning is the new release “Shaft,” which made $8.3M across 2,952 locations. Tim Story directed “Shaft,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Richard Roundtree, Jessie Usher, and Method Man. “The Dead Don’t Die” lit up the specialty box office with a $2.3M opening across 613 locations. Jim Jarmusch directed “The Dead Don’t Die,” starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, and Danny Glover.
Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” finished the week with a $5.1M opening across 2,220 locations. Kaling directed “Late Night,” featuring Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Ike Barinholtz, and Amy Ryan.
As we mentioned earlier, these films have to battle Luc Besson’s “Anna;” Disney’s “Toy Story 4;” and the “Child’s Play” reboot next week. The following week Warner Bros. Pictures releases the horror-thriller “Annabelle Comes Home.”
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