HOLLYWOOD—I think it is indeed safe to say the 2019 summer box-office is NOT off to a great start. We’ve seen disappointing returns for “Aladdin,” “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” “Dark Phoenix” and now you can add “Men in Black” to that list. The next installment in the “MIB” franchise (without Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones), “Men in Black: International” debuted to a terrible $28.5 million. The flick starring Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth was expected to debut to at least $40 million, but the buzz must have halted that success in a major way.
Expect that flick to fall to the waistline come next weekend at the box-office. Nabbing second place was the sequel “The Secret Life of Pets 2” with $23.8 million. Not bad for “Pets” considering it was at the top of the box-office last weekend, only falling about 50 percent its second week in theaters. Staying comfortable in third place was “Aladdin” with $16.7 million. Since its release on May 24, “Aladdin” has earned a domestic tally of $263 million at the box-office.
Dropping a massive 73 percent was “Dark Phoenix” with $9 million to land in fourth place. This might be the worst box-office return for an “X-Men” film in the franchise. At this point, I don’t expect this flick to come anywhere close to crossing the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office. Rounding out the top five was the musical “Rocketman” with $8.8 million.
Another new film at the multiplex, “Shaft” (the remake, reboot or sequel), not sure what to call it barely cracked the top 10 earning a disappointing $8.3 million during its debut weekend. I guess even Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree can’t save this failing franchise. Fingers crossed that “Toy Story 4” brings a well needed burst at the box-office this weekend. For those looking for a scare, the remake of the 1988 classic “Child’s Play” arrives as well.