Franchise fatigue continues with Men in Black International and Shaft


Even some originals had a tough time this weekend. Aladdin, 16.7 million dollars (47.5 million dollars international). It was made for around 30 million dollars. Gary Gray-directed film earned only 28.5 million dollars over the weekend against a reported 110 million dollars production budget. The weekend’s other big new release, Shaft, which introduces another generation to the franchise, couldn’t even manage to carve out a place in the top five, which instead was populated mostly by holdovers. “This was a rough weekend,” said Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. 2 spot in its second weekend with 23.8 million dollars. Usher as his son. “Toy Story 4 is going to erase the memory of this very tough weekend,” Dergarabedian said. Advertising

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Shaft, a Warner Bros. Rocketman, 8.8 million dollars (8.5 million dollars international). John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, 6.2 million dollars. 1 spot in North America, but it’s a dubious distinction for the Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth-led reboot which isn’t exactly the franchise-revitalizer it hoped to be. Advertising

Men in Black: International took the No. A City Called Macau, $4.1 million dollars. Disney’s Aladdin, now in weekend four, took third with 16.7 million dollars. The disappointments have come, mostly, from “movies that just don’t deliver,” according to Dergarabedian. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, 6.1 million dollars (6.2 million dollars international). release, placed sixth on the charts, with a disappointing 8.3 million dollars. Shaft, 8.3 million dollars. Late Night, 5.1 million dollars (255,000 dollars international). But this weekend, down over 50% from last year, is the worst yet. The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Rocketman, 8.5 million dollars. Aladdin, 47.5 million dollars. 0
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Men in Black: International, 73.7 million dollars. The three previous Men in Black films all opened to over 50 million dollars not accounting for inflation. Dark Phoenix placed fourth with 9 million dollars and Rocketman coasted to fifth with 8.8 million dollars. Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch, 3.4 million dollars. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, 8.1 million dollars (14.1 million dollars international). It expands further next weekend. Men in Black: International, 28.5 million dollars (73.7 million dollars international). Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. More Explained

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“The real bright spots have been the smaller indies,” Dergarabedian said. Sony Pictures on Sunday estimates the F. Amazon Studios expanded its Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson comedy Late Night, which it acquired the North American rights to for a Sundance record of 13 million dollars, to 2,220 theaters where it earned 5.1 million dollars. All four have been certified “rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes. The Secret Life of Pets 2 got the No. Directed by Tim Story, Shaft features Samuel L. Documentaries like Echo in the Canyon and Pavarotti have been making a modest mark in limited release, and the acclaimed drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco expanded to 36 locations and earned 361,120 dollars. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. But the marketplace is hurting and it’s not a problem with the weekend, which last year saw Incredibles 2 open to over 182 million dollars, but with the major movies themselves. Dark Phoenix, 9 million dollars (24.2 million dollars international). Although critics did not praise the film, audiences who turned out (54% of whom were women) were more enthusiastic, giving the film an A CinemaScore. ___
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. But it’s too simplistic to fault all franchises and next weekend the marketplace will be singing a different tune when Toy Story 4 opens. However, international audiences are helping the bottom line with the film earning 73.7 million dollars from 36 markets, bringing its global total to 102.2 million dollars. Parasite, 7.8 million dollars. “We’ve had some big franchises that are not resonating with audiences or critics.”
And there’s a common denominator between all the recent disappointments: Poor reviews. Jackson reprising his role from almost 20 years ago and Jessie T. The Secret Life of Pets 2, 23.8 million dollars (8.5 million dollars international). Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. “We think of summer as blockbuster season, but it’s turned into indie film season.”
Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die mostly survived its mixed reviews and opened to 2.35 million dollars from 613 locations. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. Dark Phoenix, 24.2 million dollars.