BOX OFFICE REPORT
June 14-16, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Men in Black International||$28.5 million|
|The Secret Life of Pets 2||$23.8 million|
|Dark Phoenix||$9.5 million|
If you thought last weekend was a disaster for the summer, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Men in Black International, the reboot of the semi-dominant Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi comedy series, added two hot stars with chemistry (Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson), but apparently forgot to add jokes or much reason to care. The film got the worst reviews of the franchise, and the worst debut too. $28.5 million is far below even the original's $51 million debut. The film is faring a bit better overseas, but this is still going to go down as yet another sequel flop.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 dropped 49 percent, which is the best hold of any No. 1 debut so far this summer, which is not a great sign. The only movie that's not dropping at an astonishing rate is the No. 3 film Aladdin. Dropping only 32 percent this weekend, it's already passed $250 million. Any studio besides Disney would kill for a friend like that.
Dark Phoenix continued its sad saga, slipping a truly abysmal 72.6 percent, taking in just $9.5 million in its second weekend. That's a major disaster, as the film still has yet to make in total what even the lowest-earning film in the franchise made in its debut. Rocketman, while only opening a week before, is likely to make $25-40 million more than the final X-Men movie. How far the mighty have fallen.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Put on your best dancing shoes, because Janus' Films restored print of the seminal "ball culture" documentary Paris Is Burning made $11,000 on its lone screen.
- "Just talkin' 'bout Shaft" might be a song lyric, but absolutely no one was talking about this reboot/sequel, which could only manage $8.3 million. It's not surprising the film went straight-to-Netflix everywhere else in the world.
- The Dead Don't Die had the widest debut of indie director Jim Jarmusch's long career. As such, it's already the fourth-biggest movie he's ever made. Another week and it will be No. 2, though there's no way it will catch 2005's Broken Flowers, his first collaboration with Bill Murray.
Will sequelitis affect Disney? Not bloody likely. After a month of the same ol', same ol', audiences will paradoxically find comfort in the familiar, flocking to see Toy Story 4. I think a $182 million opening like last year's similarly belated Incredibles 2 is probably off the table, but $140 million – good for a franchise record, and the second-best Pixar opening – seems a good bet. Child's Play could take second, but it'll only make around $18 million, if that. Luc Besson's Anna won't be a big player like Lucy. It'll only turn up about $10 million.