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‘Men in Black’ in Red - Week 8

Aladdin
Avengers: Endgame
Detective Pikachu
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Men in Black International
Shaft
Anyone else remember the 90’s? Len was trying to Steal My Sunshine, NBC Comedy Thursday Nights even included Wings, and 4th of July Weekends meant another big Will Smith movie was coming out. The Men in Black series represented two of those historic 4th of July weekends with splashy debuts and destiny paving the way for Top 5 finishes. As my Fantastic Sams “hair stylist” once had to tell me, “This is no longer the 90’s, sir.”

Men In Black: International was stuck at the border with a $30 million start. This pricey reboot with new stars and new effects seemed to have forgotten new jokes and a new story. Something had to be off, because I’m pretty sure most grown-ups could look at a picture of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson for 90 minutes and feel they didn’t waste a second of their time. That puts all the blame on the movie itself. What could they have done to make people not want to stay and look at pretty people?!

All three of the other Men in Black movies opened in the $50 million range, so this is clearly a step back. Men in Black: International now looks like it might be the only one in the series to not even make $100 million… and if that’s the case, this looks like the last of the Men in Black movies.

Soooo… What other 90’s reboots can we cast Chris and Tessa in now? Pulp Fiction, Titanic, Silence of the Lambs? I pretty much hear Thor as the voice of Hannibal Lector in my head anyway. “Fly, fly, fly, Clarice.” Pretty Woman? Groundhog’s Day? Ooh, one of Chris’s brothers could play the coma guy in While You Were Sleeping while he goes for Bill Pullman’s classic ah shucks-ness. Yeah, I think that’s the winner.

While the MiBs tried to bring back 90’s goodness, Shaft was trying to bring back 70’s funk. I think they left their funk in the trunk with a bell-bottomed opening of $8.9 million. That’s less than half what the last remake did with Samuel L. in 2000. There’s going back to the well too many times and then there’s you never should’ve gone back in the first place.

This week… Our beloved toy is back in… Child’s Play? Yes, the “other” toy movie finally gets its triumphant return. I haven’t even been able to explain how Chucky was supposed to be scary in the 80’s to my kids. Is there anyone who finds him anything beyond camp? Maybe that’s the point and they’re going for a horror comedy here… But that’s probably giving them too much credit.

On the (very) flipside is Toy Story 4. The fourth movie in a cherished series. Toy Story 3 at the time had the biggest opening ever for an animated feature and still sits as one of the biggest animated hits every. There’s little to wonder why Toy Story 4 won’t be able to repeat the same success to infinity and beyond.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Endgame - $830.7 million
#2. Aladdin - $264 million
#4. John Wick - Chapter 3: Parabellum - $148.9 million
#3. Detective Pikachu - $140.8 million
#5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters - $94.4 million




by Matt Neuenburg on 06/20/2019

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, Detective Pikachu, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Men in Black International, Shaft
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