‘Men in Black’ & ‘Shaft’ Become Latest Summer Sequels to Disappoint

It was another disappointing weekend for a pair 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.The weekend is down significantly compared to last year when Incredibles 2 bowed with a record-shattering $182.6 million opening and next weekend will turn to Pixar once again, looking to Toy Story 4 to turn the tide.Sony’s release of Men 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 joins a slew of recently released sequels to not only under-perform based on pre-weekend expectations, but severely under-performing based on previous films in the franchise.

Entering the weekend the film received mostly negative reviews and

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