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“Men In Black: International” Leads US Friday Box Office But Disappoints, “Shaft” Flops

More films delivered soft opening weekend performances.

Chris Hemsworth (H) with Em (Tessa Thompson) in Marrakech in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL | Photo: Giles Keyte/CTMG/Sony

Last week, sequels “The Secret Life Of 2” and “Dark Phoenix” delivered disappointing US box office performances.

This week, spin-off “Men In Black: International” and sequel “Shaft” are set to do the same.

The former may have taken #1 at the Friday box office, but it did so with a mere $10.4 million. Set for an opening weekend in the modest $24-28 million range, its performance is certainly not cause for celebration.

“Shaft” posted markedly weaker numbers, starting at #4 on the Friday chart with $2.7 million. Set to close the weekend with $6.5-7.5 million, it will likely fall out of the Top 5 by Sunday.

Friday’s other leaders included “Pets 2” (#2, $6.9 million), “Aladdin” (#3, $4.7 million) and “Dark Phoenix” (#5, $2.3 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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