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Sony Boss Blames ‘Men in Black: International’ Failure on ‘Not Strong’ Story Idea

The summer box office has not been kind to movies not released by Disney, and one of the season’s biggest bombs is Sony’s “Men in Black: International.” Directed by “Fate of the Furious” helmer F. Gary Gray, the latest “Men in Black” was expected to relaunch the once-popular Sony franchise following 2012’s “Men in Black […]

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Blasts Past Expectations With $32 Million Friday Box Office

Sony/Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is showing that even after “Avengers: Endgame,” interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t faded in the slightest. The film added $32.6 million from 4,634 screens on Friday, and is now estimated for a six-day opening of $188 million.By comparison, 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” earned $154 million in its first […]

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Hollywood Takes on Italy’s Vacation-Heavy Summer Season With Blockbusters

With upcoming movies such as “Toy Story 4,” “Men in Black: International” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” Hollywood studios are finally taking the plunge this year and slotting their blockbusters in Italian cinemas during the summer, a time when residents traditionally hit the beach en masse.For decades, the studios withheld their films […]

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Ep. 522 – Men In Black: International (Guest: Lindsey Romain from Nerdist)

Devindra explains the difference between Hotel Mumbai and The Wedding Guest. Jeff praises Fleabag season 2 as a work of genius. The cast plus Lindsey Romain, staff writer at Nerdist, to review Men In Black: International. Check out Jeff Cannata’s new D&d show Dungeon Run. Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. […]

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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International,’ ‘Shaft’ Add to Summer Sequel Slump

As “Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” join the growing list of under-performing sequels this summer — an ignominious group that includes “Dark Phoenix” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” — worries of franchise fatigue are beginning to simmer in Hollywood.“Franchises that don’t up the ante or bring anything new into the fold are suffering […]

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Box Office: ‘Men in Black: International’ and ‘Shaft’ Belly Flop

Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” can’t come soon enough to buoy the floundering summer box office. This weekend’s openings are pathetic. Franchise reboot “Men in Black: International” (Sony) and the second remake of “Shaft” (Warner Bros.) together grossed under $37 million. Two summers ago, when “War for the Planet of the Apes” opened to “only” $56 […]

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‘Men In Black: International’ at North American box office fuels premature early talk of summer franchise fatigue

Samuel Jackson in Shaft also slips up, but summer is long and packed with potential hits.The dismal $28.5m estimated North American box office debut by Men In Black: International came as little surprise given generally poor reviews and tepid advance word, adding fuel to possibly premature early summer talk of franchise fatigue.However the summer is […]

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‘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 […]

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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue

North American moviegoers spurned sequels this weekend with Sony’s “Men in Black: International” heading for a modest $26 million debut while “Shaft” will finish with a dismal $7.3 million in seventh place.“Men in Black: International,” the fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise, is performing under expectations, which had been in the $30 million range […]

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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue

North American moviegoers spurned sequels this weekend with Sony’s “Men in Black: International” heading for a modest $26 million debut while “Shaft” will finish with a dismal $7.3 million in seventh place.“Men in Black: International,” the fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise, is performing under expectations, which had been in the $30 million range […]

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