With the release of Men in Black: International just a few weeks away, the future of Sony's comedic sci-fi franchise doesn't look particularly bright, with advance tracking predicting a series low opening weekend.
As Variety notes, Men in Black: International looks to be heading towards a $40 million opening. The film is slated to open alongside New Line's Shaft sequel, which is eyeing a $18 million opening. If those numbers hold, those would be franchise lows for both films. For comparison's sake, the first Men in Black opened to $51 million in '97, while Men in Black II opened to $52 million in '02, and Men in Black 3 pulled in $54.5 million in '12.
Men in Black: International is being given a day-and-date with a worldwide release by Sony, and while it remains to be seen just how well the film performs overseas, previous installments have done rather well internationally. Given the film's reported $110 million production budget, the film's international haul may prove to be vital regarding future installments.
While this will be the first Men in Black film without cinematic mega-star Will Smith, the film stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, two Marvel Cinematic Universe veterans who starred together in the critically-acclaimed smash hits Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.
The first three Men in Black films combined took in an impressive $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. International would mark the first film in the franchise to open below $50 million should the current projections stick. However, reviews can, and more than likely will, impact the film's opening weekend for better or worse. With no other major releases that week outside of Shaft, word of mouth could end up carrying the film past $50 million. For now, we'll just have to wait and see as we near closer to the film's release.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, Men in Black: International stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, and Larry Bourgeois, with Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson. The film opens on June 14.