26 May 2012 5:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Men in Black 3: Josh Brolin, Will Smith Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black III opened with solid though hardly outstanding figures at the North American box office on Friday. Directed by Men in Black / Men in Black II‘s Barry Sonnenfeld, the action / comedy / sci-fier will undoubtedly be this four-day weekend’s top-grossing movie — which means that after three weekends on top, The Avengers‘ reign at the domestic box office is over. But there’s no denying that MIB3‘s Friday performance fell below expectations, especially for a 3D movie budgeted at somewhere between $225m-$300m. Men in Black 3 collected $18m (including $1.55m from Thursday midnight screenings) at 4,248 theaters according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Bom’s Ray Subers predicts that Men in Black 3 will gross at least $70m — perhaps even reaching $80m — over the four-day weekend. Box-office prognosticators »

- Zac Gille

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