Men In Black International might have claimed the top spot at the US box office, but there was little cause for celebration. Reuniting Thor Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, the spin-off generated $30 million domestically for the weekend. The MIB franchise has never been one for record-breaking opening weekends with the biggest being MIB 3 back in 2012 at $54.5 million.
Sony will be banking in a robust international box office to save the movie from being a commercial failure. Currently sitting on a modest $73 million, the jury is still out on overseas ticket sales salvaging any hope for starting a new franchise. Sequels have been having a tough time connecting with audiences this summer. Fellow belated sequel Shaft crashed into the top ten at number six with $8.9 million for its first three days. Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role from the 2000 reboot alongside Jesse Usher who plays Shaft Jr with original Shaft (Richard Roundtree) providing support.
It's not just Shaft and MIB feeling the sequel fatigue effects, The Secret Life of Pets 2 continues to fall far behind the success of its predecessor. After nearly two weeks, Pets 2 has a total of $92 million which is still less than the $104 million the original opened with back in 2016. Internationally it's not much better at $62.5 million, on the upside, Illumination's projects cost far less to produce ($80 million) than your average Disney animation which means even these limited numbers should still yield an eventual profit.
That's not all, X-Men Dark Phoenix is all set to end the 20th Century Fox era of the franchise on a sour note. For its second weekend, the long-delayed sequel generated $9.3 million for a current domestic total of $52 million. At this stage, it's clear that Dark Phoenix won't be reaching $100 million before it has finished its theatrical run. Internationally, a more respectable $152 million in takings, but that's nowhere near enough to prevent Dark Phoenix from being a box office disaster. Meanwhile, Godzilla King of the Monsters added another $8.7 million to for a current total of $94 million after three weeks on release. The tepid response has led to possible delays for Godzilla vs Kong which is currently slated for a March 2020 debut. On a more positive note, King of the Monsters has rampaged its way to $250 million internationally for a global total of more than $340 million. We'll have to wait and see what the final numbers are, but nothing will stop King of the Monster being the lowest grossing in the MonsterVerse, and that's going to be a problem for the already filmed Godzilla vs Kong.