Serendipity alert! Men in Black 3 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. The movie’s chief alien creator — legendary makeup artist Rick Baker — will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that same day. If you’re wondering why Baker deserves this honor, just take a look at the exclusive clips below — these excerpts from the DVD/Blu-ray’s special features take viewers on a tour of MIB 3‘s many featured creatures, hundreds of which sport Baker’s prosthetics. Let’s hope J and K don’t show up with a pair of neuralyzers while you’re watching:
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Six weeks ago, The Avengers entered theaters and blew everyone’s expectations out of the water with its record-breaking $207.4 million debut.
In the weeks that followed, though, the box office fell into a bit of a slump. Expensive tentpoles like Battleship and Dark Shadows outright bombed, while major studio fare like What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Dictator underperformed, and even Men In Black 3‘s number one opening felt weak given its predecessors’ strength.
Last weekend, Snow White and the Hunstman exceeded industry expectations, giving Hollywood hope that summer 2012 might live up to the hype that The Avengers had suggested. This weekend, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and and Prometheus continued to ease any fears that the box office was in trouble with robust debuts in first and second place, respectively. These hefty starts helped the Top 10 films gross $169.6 million, up a whopping 30 percent over the same weekend in 2011, when Super 8 topped the chart. READ FULL STORY
Box office update: 'Prometheus' leads Friday with $21.4 million, but 'Madagascar 3' will win weekend
The box office continued its major recovery on Friday following weeks of disappointing returns, as Prometheus and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted both opened forcefully, building on Snow White and the Huntsman‘s success last weekend.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus topped the box office on Friday following strong midnight showings with an impressive $21.4 million haul. The $130 million R-rated picture is headed for a weekend gross of about $56 million, but surprisingly, that won’t be enough to earn first place for the weekend. READ FULL STORY
Charlize Theron, you’re about to get knocked out of the top spot…by yourself. The Oscar-winning actress, who stars in last weekend’s chart topper Snow White and the Huntsman, has another blockbuster hitting theaters this weekend: the Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi epic Prometheus.
Anticipation is high for the film, but it will face stiff competition from fellow newcomer Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which will give families their first viable moviegoing option in a while.
The two films should lead the box office to its strongest results in weeks. Here’s how the Top 5 might shake out:
1. Prometheus — $56 million
Fox has been cagey about linking Ridley Scott’s $130 million sci-fi thriller to his original Alien film, which grossed $79 million in its original run in 1979, but buzz has built among cinephile fanboys nonetheless. Prometheus has the potential to become this year’s Inception — a thinky, effects-heavy thriller that catches on with mainstream audiences. Inception grossed $62 million in its opening weekend in July 2010, but Prometheus might start a little softer — even with 3-D ticket prices. Without a major star like Leonardo DiCaprio, some casual moviegoers (especially female ones) will not rush to the theater, and the film’s R rating may keep younger patrons at bay. Men will almost certainly make up the predominant audience — and enough of them should show up to put Prometheus in first place. If the film garners strong word-of-mouth, it could become a runaway smash. This weekend, though, it may find about $56 million.
2. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted — $48 million
The original Madagascar earned $193.6 million in 2005. Its sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa earned $180 million in 2008 — but it finished with $603 million worldwide. For DreamWorks, it was a no-brainer to greenlight a third installment, and although it may not reach the heights of its predecessors domestically, strong international sales are all but guaranteed. The $145 million 3-D picture is the first animated family option since The Lorax debuted 14 weeks ago (I’m not counting The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which hit theaters in late April), and entertainment-starved kiddies will fill seats. Still, animated sequels like Kung Fu Panda 2 have seen diminishing returns in recent years. (That picture only opened to $47.7 million vs. the original Kung Fu Panda‘s $60.2 million debut haul.) Thus, I’m thinking a $48 million weekend is probably in store. Of course, it could surprise and top the chart as well!
3. Snow White and the Huntsman — $26 million
Kristen Stewart and company may dip by about 55 percent in the face of competition, which would give the film, which received a “B” CinemaScore grade, $100 million after ten days.
4. Men In Black 3 — $13 million
The action-comedy is losing 3-D screens to both Madagascar and Prometheus, and the zoo-themed animation will cut into family business. Thus a 55 percent drop seems likely.
5. The Avengers — $12 million
The superhero ensemble has been notching strong holds sine its debut. Another 45 percent drop would put it at about $11-12 million for the three-day frame.
Stay tuned to EW for full box office coverage this weekend, and follow me on twitter for breaking, up-to-the-minute box office updates.
It has been over three years since we last saw Will Smith on the silver screen in 2008’s Seven Pounds. Regardless of the profession, three years is a long break. But in the movie industry, it can be an eternity. So it was only natural for many to wonder whether Smith’s previous box-office dominance would waver at all when Men in Black 3 hit theaters last weekend. Could the movie star pick up where he left off in 2008 and continue selling a gazillion tickets as though his sabbatical simply never occurred? Well, sort of.
Box office report: 'Men in Black 3' tops Memorial Day weekend with $70M; 'Moonrise Kingdom' huge in limited release
Will Smith returned to theaters for the first time since 2008’s Seven Pounds with this weekend’s Men in Black 3, which put the A-list celeb back on top of the box office. Sony’s $230 million (some reports suggest a much higher budget) alien-zapping sequel earned an estimated $70 million over the extended Memorial Day weekend.
Men in Black 3 will easily become Smith’s thirteenth film to earn over $100 million at the box office — a truly impressive feat — but its opening weekend actually leaves much to be desired. Over the three-day portion of the weekend, MIB 3 grossed $55 million, which was higher than the debuts of Men in Black ($51.1 million) and Men in Black II ($52.1 million). (Due to higher ticket prices, 3-D surcharges, and IMAX fees, though, it sold far fewer tickets than its predecessors.) The original Men in Black earned $250.7 million in 1997. Men in Black II scored $190.4 million in 2002. Adjusting for ticket-price inflation, those totals soar to $432.6 million and $259.6 million, respectively. In today’s frontloaded box office culture, Men in Black 3 won’t likely reach those heights. READ FULL STORY
Sony’s $230 million alien-zapping sequel Men In Black 3 topped the box office over the three-day weekend frame with an estimated $55 million.
Although the Will Smith action-comedy didn’t exactly trip out of the gate, Men In Black 3‘s start is troubling considering its gigantic budget and supposed built-in audience. Fortunately, as is so often the case these days, international results proved stronger. Sony says the film has taken in $132 million overseas in its initial week of release.
Marvel’s The Avengers held strong in second place with $37 million — a 34 percent drop from last weekend. The superhero ensemble crossed the $500 million mark on Saturday, its 23rd day of release, effectively smashing the record previously held by Avatar, which took 32 days to reach the same milestone. It’s earned $513.7 million total. READ FULL STORY
After 10 years away from the big screen, the alien-hunting Men In Black (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and now, Josh Brolin) are back on top of the box office.
Men In Black 3 ended The Avengers‘ 21-day reign in first place with an $18 million Friday, which puts the $230 million action-comedy on track for a four-day weekend take of $72 million. Sure, that number sounds strong, but don’t be deceived — the sequel cost an egregious amount of money and should have had a bigger built-in audience than this. READ FULL STORY
Will Smith is back!
After three years away from the big screen, the bankable star of blockbusters like I Am Legend, Independence Day, and Hancock has returned with Men In Black 3, a 10-years-later sequel in the lighthearted alien franchise.
The original Men In Black earned $250.7 million in 1997, and in 2002, Men In Black II found $190.4 million. Now, MIB 3 is poised to bring in another boatload of money — finally unseating The Avengers from the box office throne.
Also entering theaters is horror flick The Chernobyl Diaries, which won’t make nearly as much as MIB 3 (but didn’t cost nearly as much, either).
Check out my weekend box office predictions — which are for the regular three-day weekend, rather than the extended Memorial Day holiday frame — below: READ FULL STORY
Before Will Smith walked the red carpet at New York’s Men in Black 3 premiere last night, a publicist delivered the same strict message to each reporter she saw: Do not bring up the slap heard ’round the world. “We wouldn’t want to ruin this premiere too,” she explained, sounding both friendly and as though she’d happily eject anyone who disobeyed.
Notwithstanding that stern warning, the premiere’s atmosphere was positively jolly. For the most part, attendees ditched black for more festive attire; Smith sported a boisterous checked jacket, while women favored bright colors over less flashy gowns. Celebrity kids like Willow and Jaden Smith darted through the crowd, smiling mischievously without stopping for video crews. The boys of One Direction arrived carrying gigantic water guns that could bring down an alien army, provided they hailed from the invading planet in Signs.
Any premiere is an occasion for celebration — but this one inspired particularly high spirits. That’s probably because MIB 3 had a notoriously long, torturous development process; Smith first floated the story kernel that would become this movie’s plot during the filming of MIB 2 in 2002. No wonder one behind-the-scenes figure greeted a friend on the carpet by slapping his back and exclaiming, “You made it through the war!”
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