Sequelitis Crushes Both ‘Men In Black: International’ and ‘Shaft’

Once again, if you were a sequel entering the box office this weekend, you just weren’t going to do well. Case in point – Men in Black: International.

This film could have been so much more. You’ve got the talents of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson front and centre, but they just weren’t enough to get audiences to come out and see them in a non- Marvel movie. The bad reviews certainly didn’t help, either. Men In Black: International may have debut in number one, but it did so with just $28.5 million. There’s just no way to shine that number up, so we won’t even try.

As for the rest of the top five, The Secret Life of Pets 2 dropped to second place with $23.8 million. Disney’s Aladdin was in third place with $16.7 million. Dark Phoenix was in fourth place with $9 million, while Rocketman closed things out in fifth place with $8.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Men In Black: International – $30 million
2) The Secret Life of Pets 2 – $20 million
3) Shaft – $18 million
4) Disney’s Aladdin – $17.5 million
5) Dark Phoenix – $14 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Men In Black: International – $28.5 million
2) The Secret Life of Pets 2 – $23.8 million
3) Disney’s Aladdin – $16.7 million
4) Dark Phoenix – $9 million
5) Rocketman – $8.8 million

A few notes:

  • Shaft was a complete bomb, landing outside the top five, with just $8.3 million.
  • Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg did an honest and revealing interview with Kim Masters about the commercial failure of the film, just days after its first weekend box office number came out. It’s well worth a listen.

Next weekend sees the release of Toy Story 4 and Child’s Play. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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