It was another disappointing weekend for a couple of new sequels as both Sony's Men in Black International and WB's Shaft were both unable to reach even the slimmest of studio expectations heading into the weekend. Toy Story 4 to turn to Pixar once again, looking to Toy Story 4 the tide. Men's in Black International debuted with a disappointing $ 28.5 million from 4,224 locations. By comparison, this is the lowest opening in the franchise by over $ 20 million as all three of the previous installments opened with over $ 51 million. The $ 110 million production comes together and has been releasing recently released sequels, not only under-performances based on pre-weekend expectations, but severely under-performing based on previous films in the franchise. Entering the weekend, the movie received mostly negative reviews and the opening day audiences gave the film a "B" CinemaScore, which is hardly a ringing endorsement. The film played on the opening weekend crowd, which was 56% male with 53% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 or older.
Internationally, Men in Black brought in $ 73.7 million from 36 markets, giving the film a global debut of over $ 1
Disney's Aladdin held on well as it enters its fourth weekend in release. The latest Disney live-action reimagining dipped just -32% for an estimated $ 16.7 million three-day pushing its domestic cume just shy of $ 264 million. Internationally, the film added another $ 47.5 million this weekend for an overseas cume that now totals over $ 461 million and a global tally just shy of $ 725 million.  The Dark Phoenix Cratered in its second weekend, dropping a massive -72.6% for an estimated $ 9 million three-day and a domestic gross that now tops $ 51 million . Fifty Shades of Gray (-73.9%). This is the second biggest weekend drop in the 3500 theaters in its second weekend behind only 2015's . Additionally, Dark Phoenix earned an estimated $ 24.2 million in its second weekend of release internationally, raising the global overseas volume to $ 152.5 million for a global haul that now stands at $ 204 million.
Rounding out the top five is Paramount's Rocketman which dipped -36% as it entered its third week in release with an estimated $ 8.8 million for a domestic cume that now totals over $ 66 million. The film also added another $ 8.5 million internationally for a global cume that now stands at $ 133 million.
Finishing off the top five we find WB's release of Shaft which the studio was expecting to debut somewhere around $ 15 million, but it could only have an estimated $ 8.3 million from 2,952 locations. That said, while the critical response was mixed-to-negative, the opening day audiences gave the movie an "A" CinemaScore, though with the opening of the film's fate is most likely sealed. Additionally, the movie played to a crowd of 54% female and 84% of the overall audience came in at age 25 or older.
Further down the list, in the ninth place, is Amazon Studios's Late Night which expanded into 2,220 locations (+2,216) and delivered an estimated $ 5.1 million . Amazon acquired the movie, which stars Emma Thompson and Mindy Kailing who also wrote the screenplay at this year's Sundance Film Festival for a record $ 13 million and while this is hardly a great opening , it should have a long life on Amazon's Prime Video platform. Friday's audience gave the film and "B +" CinemaScore. The Dead Do not Die which opened in 613 locations with an estimated Outside the Top Ten we find Focus's release of Jim Jarmusch ] $ 2.5 million . Exit polls show 58% of the opening weekend crowd was male and 64% were aged 35 or older.
In limited release, Roadside's American Woman opened in 117 locations with an estimated $ 102,825 ($ 878 PTA); the documentary 5B opened with an estimated $ 40,000 from 127 theaters ($ 315 PTA); IFC's Hampstead brought in $ 24,144 from 12 locations ($ 2,012 PTA); The Movie Arcade's Being Frank brought in $ 15,409 from three theaters ($ 5,136 PTA); Janus's re-release of Paris is Burning delivered an estimated $ 11,000 from one location; and Monument's Our Time opened in one theater with an estimated $ 3,000 . Toy Story 4 makes way for 4,400+ locations alongside UA Releasing's remake, Lionsgate's Anna and Neon's debut of Wild Rose .
You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.
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