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Bad Reviews Slow Men in Black Reboot

'The Secret Life of Pets 2' finishes second for the weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2019 11:06 AM CDT
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "Men in Black: International."   (Giles Keyte/Sony/Columbia Pictures via AP)

(Newser) Men in Black: International is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend, but the Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth-led reboot isn't exactly a franchise-revitalizing hit. Hampered by poor reviews, Sony Pictures on Sunday estimates that the film earned only $28.5 million in ticket sales nationwide over the weekend, the AP reports.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 took the No. 2 spot in its second weekend with $23.8 million. Disney's Aladdin, now in its fourth weekend, took third with $16.7 million. Dark Phoenix placed fourth with $9 million, and Rocketman coasted to fifth with $8.8 million. All performed better than the weekend's other new sequel, Shaft, which also struggled to find an audience in North America in its first weekend, opening in sixth to only $8.3 million.

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