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 Trailer For Upcoming ‘Shaft’ Movie Has Been Released (VIDEO)

Samuel L. Jackson is back, but he’s not alone. The new trailer for the latest installment in the ‘Shaft‘ franchise has been released, and it includes three generations of private eyes.

The film will feature Jackson as John Shaft II, who starred in the Shaft film from 2000. We’ll also be introduced to his son John Shaft Jr., and the original John Shaft played by Richard Roundtree.

“The movie follows JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. He may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.”

In addition to the names mentioned above, the cast will also include Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Matt Lauria.

Shaft is set to be released June 14. Check out the trailer below…