How did your favorite movie do over the weekend?
The weekend of June 14-16, 2019
‘Men in Black’ & ‘Shaft’ Become Latest Summer
Sequels to Disappoint
It was another disappointing weekend for a pair of new sequels as both Sony’s Men in Black International and WB’s Shaft were both unable to reach even the slimmest of studio expectations heading into the weekend. The weekend is down significantly compared to last year when Incredibles 2 bowed with a record-shattering $182.6 million opening and next weekend will turn to Pixar once again, looking to Toy Story 4 to turn the tide.
Sony’s release of Men in Black International debuted with a disappointing $28.5 million from 4,224 locations. By comparison, this is the lowest opening in the franchise by over $20 million as all three of the previous installments opened with over $51 million. The $110 million production joins a slew of recently released sequels to not only under-perform based on pre-weekend expectations but severely under-performing based on previous films in the franchise. Entering the weekend the film received mostly negative reviews and opening day audiences gave the film a “B” CinemaScore, which is hardly a ringing endorsement. The film played to an opening weekend crowd that was 56% male with 53% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older.
Finishing in second is Universal and Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, which dipped -49% to begin its second weekend with an estimated $23.8 million three-day and a domestic gross that now totals just over $92 million after ten days in release. Internationally, the film added another $8.5 million this weekend for a global cume that now totals nearly $155 million.
Disney’s Aladdin held on well as it enters its fourth weekend in release. The latest Disney live-action reimagining dipped just -32% for an estimated $16.7 million three-day, pushing its domestic cume just shy of $264 million. Internationally the film added another $47.5 million this weekend for an overseas cume that now totals over $461 million and a global tally just shy of $725 million.
Disney’s release of Fox’s Dark Phoenix cratered in its second weekend, dropping a massive -72.6% for an estimated $9 million three-day and a domestic gross that now tops $51 million. This is the second largest second-weekend drop for a film playing in over 3,500 theaters in its second weekend behind only 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey (-73.9%). Additionally, Dark Phoenix earned an estimated $24.2 million in its second weekend of release internationally, raising the overall overseas cume to $152.5 million for a global haul that now tops $204 million.
Rounding out the top five is Paramount’s Rocketman, which dipped -36% as it entered its third week in release with an estimated $8.8 million for a domestic cume that now totals over $66 million. The film also added another $8.5 million internationally for a global cume that now tops $133 million.
–by Brad Brevet
Top Box Office (US)
The weekend of June 14 – 16, 2019
|Men in Black: International||$28.5M||$28.5M||1||
|The Secret Life of Pets 2||$23.8M||$92.0M||2||
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters||$8.1M||$93.7M||3||
|John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum||$6.1M||$148.6M||5||
Weekend All Time RECORDS
|Chart (click to view)||Record Holder||Record|
|OPENING WEEKENDS||Avengers: Endgame||$357,115,007|
|OPENING WEEKENDS – WORLDWIDE||Avengers: Endgame||$1,223,641,414|
|OPENING WEEKENDS – FOREIGN||Avengers: Endgame||$866,526,407|
|HOLIDAY||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||$247,966,675|
|MARCH||Beauty and the Beast||$174,750,616|
|JULY||Harry Potter / Deathly Hallows (P2)||$169,189,427|
|DECEMBER||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||$247,966,675|