The science-fiction comedy film MIB 3 with Agent M, starring the regular cast Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, has soared to first place at the box office during the Memorial Day weekend, but this film didn’t meet all expectations.
The movie, earning $55 million, ended a three-week, first-place run for Marvel’s The Avengers, which fell to second with $37 million.
Chernobyl Diaries finished in 5th place in its debut with $8 million in sales.
The 3-D Men in Black 3 is the fifth Sony film to open in first place this year, following releases that included Underworld Awakening and The Vow. The movie, which featured Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, was expected to generate $73 million over the four-day holiday weekend ending today.
“It was a little bit of a disappointing first weekend,” Paul Sweeney, a media and entertainment analyst for Bloomberg Industries, said in a telephone interview. “But it should have some legs. My sense is it’s going to be one of the movies that will play well for several weeks.”
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star in the effects-laden film as operatives in a government agency charged with managing Earth’s secret alien population. Smith’s character, Agent J, travels back in time to prevent a villain’s attempt to change history. To accomplish his mission, he must work with a younger version of Jones’s character, played by Josh Brolin.
Without giving a spoiler alert, the movie does have a surprise ending to it, which added to the relationship between Smith and Jones.