Updated: Article updated with final box office data.
MIB 3 opened with $55.593M Fri-Sun and added $14.662M on Memorial Day for a 4-day $69.255M from 4,248 theaters. That’s a solid debut for threequel, which opened nearly 10 years after “Men in Black II” debuted to $52.149M July 3, 2002. MIB 3 also topped the original 1997 film which opened to $51.069M (July 2, 1997). Here’s the 4-day breakdown:
Saturday: $19.136M (+8.3%)
Sunday: $17.793M (-7.0%)
Monday: $14.662M (-17.6%)
Overseas grosses were even stronger with an estimated $135.3M from 104 territories for a worldwide opening 3-day weekend of $190.893M. $19.5M from China (seventh-best all-time for a Hollywood film) led the field with MIB 3 playing strong in other Asian markets as well including $8.5M from South Korea and $8.0M from Japan. Other impressive openings included Mexico ($5.9M); Germany ($5.7M); France ($5.6M); Australia ($5.2M) and Brazil ($5.0M). Its second best market, however, was Russia where it debuted to $18.9M (sixth-best all-time). With these and more solid starts around the world, the film is expected to top the foreign cume of “Men in Black II” ($251.4M) and potentially even the first “Men in Black” ($338.7M).
With MIB 3 the new weekend champion, The Avengers finally dropped to second place, but it wasn’t all bad for the Marvel Superhero movie as it topped $500M on Saturday — its 23rd day of release (topping the previous record holder by 9 days: “Avatar” at 32 days) — en route to a 3-day $36.687M from 3,918 theaters ($513.484M domestic cume). It added $10.536M on Monday for a 25-day cume of $523.907M (#4 all-time). The Avengers added another $26.6M Fri-Sun overseas for a new foreign total of $781.9M (#5 all-time) and $1.295B worldwide (#4 all-time) through Sunday.
Warner Brothers’ Chernobyl Diaries also opened this weekend, but the horror film didn’t find much of an audience with a disappointing fifth place $7.955M from 2,433 theaters (#6 – $9.355M 4-day). Rounding out the top five for the 3-day were Battleship in third place with $11.050M ($44.556M cume) and The Dictator in fourth place with $9.277M ($41.123M cume). For the 4-day weekend, Dark Shadows snuck in ahead of Chernobyl Diaries at fifth place with $9.439M ($64.922M cume), with The Dictator at fourth place with $11.465M ($43.314M cume) and Battleship in third place with $13.938M ($47.443M cume).