Summer Box Office Woes Continue As ‘Men in Black: International’ And ‘Shaft’ Have Terrible Openings

We told you last week that this was going to happen. Both ‘Men in Black: International‘ and the new ‘Shaft‘ film had terrible reviews and not a lot of interest going into their opening weekends.

The very optimistic projections had Men in Black making around $30 million and Shaft bringing home $20 million.

Well, neither film hit their projections. Men in Black grabbed the top spot at the box office, but only made $28.5 million, which is nearly 50% less than what MIB 3 made in 2012 during its opening weekend.

Meanwhile, Shaft was even more of a disappointment. It made just $8.3 million this past weekend. That’s less than half of what box office experts had predicted it would make. The 2000 Shaft film debuted to $21 million.

To be fair to sequels though, original films are also struggling…

It’s not just franchises feeling the burn. Positive reviews didn’t salvage “Amazon’s ‘Late Night,’ an original comedy from Mindy Kaling. The movie, co-starring Kaling and Emma Thompson, finished in ninth place with $5.1 million after the studio expanded the comedy to 2,220 venues. It debuted in limited release last weekend, collecting a solid $249,654, which brings ticket sales to $5.4 million.

Amazon purchased the distribution rights to the film for $14 million, which was one of the biggest sales to come out of Sundance.

The good news is Toy Story 4 is coming this weekend and it should get everything back on track. By the way, it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with over 100 reviews counted.

How Much Will ‘Men in Black: International’ Make In Its Opening Weekend? We Got The Numbers Inside!

Yesterday we shared with you some pretty negative reviews for ‘Men in Black: International’.

The spinoff currently sits at a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and most critics say it lacks originality, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

So how will the negative reviews impact its opening weekend? Well, it’s too early to say if they’ll hurt the movie, but we do know they certainly won’t help.

According to the most recent report, Men in Black: International is expected to bring in around $30 million this weekend, which should be enough to beat the ‘Shaft‘ sequel, which is expected to make around $20 million. By the way, Shaft is also receiving poor reviews from critics.

If Men in Black: International hits the $30 million mark, it’ll still be well below the $54 million opening weekend for MIB 3 and the $52 million opening for Men in Black II.

If you’re wondering, Men in Black: International was made on a $110 million budget, which is noteworthy because MIB 3 had a budget of $210 million. So at least they were smart enough to cut the budget.

The Reviews Are Coming In For ‘Men in Black: International’ And They Are Terrible

If you saw the trailer for ‘Men in Black: International’ then you probably expected this news. The trailer looked absolutely terrible. I promise you that I’m not exaggerating when I say I’d rather watch a 24-hour livestream of random people taking dumps on each other.

That’s how bad the trailer looked.

And the early reviews coming in seem to confirm my thoughts. The Men in Black spinoff currently has a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Most critics are complaining that the film is dull and uninspired. It hits all the beats you’d expect.

Indiewire’s Eric Kohn writes:

Yet ‘Men in Black: International,’ which launches Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth into a bland variation on the same “MiB” routine, lacks the energy or ambition to make its intergalactic stakes into anything more than baffling cash grab. This misconceived attempt to inject a tired franchise with new life ends up as little more than an empty vessel.

And The Atlantic’s David Sims writes:

The sequel buries its stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in a convoluted plot that adds up to 114 minutes of nothing in particular. This sequel-slash-spinoff comes across as a lifeless piece of content, bearing a brand name and a glossy look but little else to remember it by.

You know, I think this is a good thing. Hopefully this movie flops at the box office. Hopefully studios get the message that we as an audience are starting to demand more. I think more people are waking up and realizing they’re bored of these shameless remakes, reboots, spinoffs and sequels.

And I think we have TV/streaming services to thank. That’s where the original content is at right now. Movie studios need to catch up.

Early Tracking Suggests ‘Men In Black: International’ Will Have Modest $40 Million Opening

The upcoming ‘Men in Black‘ reboot won’t hit theaters until June, but we’re already starting to get a look at what the opening weekend numbers will look like.

According to the early tracking reports, ‘Men In Black: International‘ will make around $40 million during its opening weekend in June.

The budget for ‘Men in Black: International’ is $110 million, co-financed by Hemisphere and Tencent.

The previous three ‘Men in Black’ films starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and combined for more than $1.6 billion in worldwide box office. All three scored North American debuts of more than $50 million.

So a $40 million opening would have to be a little bit of a disappointment. You have to believe they’re hoping for an opening north of $50 million.

It’ll likely depend on those early reviews. If the critics seem to like it, and it gets good word of mouth, then it’ll likely go over the $50 million mark.

If the response is mixed, it could be in some trouble. Men in Black: International will hit theaters June 14, 2019.

The First Trailer For ‘Men in Black: International’ Starring Tessa Thompson And Chris Hemsworth

Well, the ‘Men in Black‘ franchise is officially back, but it’s missing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. This new ‘Men in Black: International‘ is reportedly a sequel, spin-off and remake all rolled into one.

Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth star in the movie as Agents H and M. Liam Neeson plays the head of the London branch of the alien investigation agency Men in Black. Emma Thompson will be reprising her role as O, the head of the American branch.

“The film has Agent H and new recruit Agent M getting caught up in a case with global implications as a murder mystery turns into something much, much bigger than they anticipated. The story reportedly has them traveling around the world in order to solve the case.”

In addition to the stars listed above, Men in Black: International will also feature Rebecca Ferguson and Kumail Nanjiani.

This kinda feels like a ‘Jumanji‘ situation. It’s basically a completely different film, so you can’t really treat it as a sequel. They’re trying to avoid direct comparisons, and that’s a smart move.

Will it have the same success? It’s impossible to know, but this trailer does not make me hopeful.

Check it out below. The film will be released June 14, 2019.