China, Russia, UK help ‘Men In Black: International’ to $102.2m global box office launch

Screen | 6/16/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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Men In Black: International arrived on an estimated $102.2m worldwide at the weekend, earning a reasonable $73.7m internationally to rank number one in 36 of 56 markets including China, Russia, Australia, and France.

The sci-fi action comedy is locked in a tussle with Aladdin for first place in the UK. Sony sources claim their film debuted on $3.4m, while Disney executives are calling a $3.42m session for Aladdin, which overall grossed $47.5m to reach $462.4m internationally.

Disney-Fox - Dark - Phoenix - Worldwide - Warner

Disney-Fox’s ailing Dark Phoenix crossed $150m worldwide, and Warner Bros’ Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters has scaled $245.8m internationally.

Sony’s return to the franchise it started 22 years ago with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones sees Chris Hemsworth and his Thor: Ragnarok co-star Tessa Thompson inherit the mantle as the alien-hunters in Men In Black: International. The fourth entry in the canon is trailing 2012’s Men In Black 3 by 19% at current exchange rates for the same group of markets.

Start - Sony - Recoup - Spin-off - Launch

The international start will help Sony recoup, despite the spin-off’s dismal North American launch – the studio shared the risk with co-financiers Tencent Pictures and Hemisphere Media Capital to limit its exposure to half of the approximately $100m production cost excluding P&A. In North America, the tentpole scored the lowest debut of the franchise on $28.5m.

Asia generated $45.5m as a region, on par with Men In Black 3, as China delivered a $26.3m number on launch, South Korea (distributed by Lotte) $4.9m, Japan $3.5m in second place, India $1.9m in second, Malaysia $1.6m in first, and Taiwan also $1.6m in first.

Latin - America - Mexico - Brazil - Number

Latin America produced $8.3m, led by Mexico on a chart-topping $3.9m, and Brazil on $1.8m for number one. In a trio of European launches, Russia delivered $5.1m, the UK $3.4m, and France $2.5m, while Australia produced $2.6m for first place. Men In Black: International opens...
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