Welcome back to the Box Office Report where we'd take a Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones buddy flick, hold the Smith, any day.
1. Men In Black III (Sony): $55 million in 4,248 theaters
Never underestimate one of the most bankable men in Hollywood. Will Smith's return to the box office, in familiar black dress, put up a nice $55 weekend take, and it's tracking to take more than $70 million over the holiday weekend. The movie likely suffered from audience's short attention spans. Sony was hoping for something closer to $80 or $90 million this weekend. Consider: Smith hasn't been on screen in four years, MiB 2 came out ten years ago, and the original five years before that. It's not hard to figure out why viewers may sleep a little on the thereequal.
2. Marvel's The Avengers (Buena Vista): $37 million in 3,918 theaters [Week 4]
And The Avengers' box office free fall has finally started. It's first weekend off the top of the marquee only brought in a middling $37 million. Oh no! How will Disney ever financially survive this? Probably by rolling around in the rest of the $513 million the Avengers has brought in domestically. It's the fastest movie to reach $500 million, beating Avatar by more than a week.