For the weekend of June 14-16, 2019, Men in Black International won the weekend, but it continues the recent box-office trend of underperforming titles. I think part of it can be blamed on savvy audience members who do check what the critics say before they go, and MIB Intl. was eviscerated.
The other new wide release was Shaft, and while it was tracking for a $20 million opening weekend a couple weeks ago, it fell on its face. Late Night tried to build word of mouth by opening on a handful of screen the week before, but it didn’t pay off. Also, Jim Jarmusch’s wry zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die was dead on arrival.
In its second week, Dark Phoenix fell a staggering 71.5%. The only studio finding consistent success is Disney. Avengers Endgame should pass Avatar next week as the highest-grossing worldwide movie ever. (It will fall short of breaking The Force Awakens’ domestic record.) Aladdin continues to stay in the top three in its fourth week, and next week, Toy Story 4 should open to over $100 million. AND they still have Spider-Man Far From Home and The Lion King coming this summer.
Opens June 21
TOY STORY 4 with the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack.
CHILD'S PLAY with Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Mark Hamill.
ANNA with Helen Mirren, Sasha Luss, Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy.