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Men in Black sequel leads a quiet North American box office

17 Jun 2019

Slow and steady wins the race!

The new Men in Black sequel has climbed its way to the top of the North American box office.

Men in Black: International, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, debuts with a disappointing $28.5 million, falling short of analysts' $30 million expectations.

It also marks the lowest opening to date for a film in the sci-fi/action franchise - each of the first three movies, which originally starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, earned at least $50 million in its launch weekend.

The latest release, which was hurt by less-than-positive reviews, fared better outside of the North American market, picking up $74 million to take it to number one on the international box office chart.

Despite its slow start, the Men in Black 3 sequel grossed enough to take pole position in North America, forcing its closest competitor, the animated The Secret Life of Pets 2, to slip to number two with a second weekend take of $23.8 million.

Aladdin, Dark Phoenix, and Elton John biopic Rocketman round out the new top five, respectively.

Men in Black: International wasn't the only sequel to suffer from sluggish box office sales this weekend - Shaft, the sequel to Samuel L. Jackson's 2000 movie of the same name, only managed to snag sixth place with a dismal $8.3 million.