Welcome to "Box Office Battle," The Fly's weekly preview projecting what the top films will be at the box office this weekend.
NEW 'MEN IN BLACK' EXPECTED TO FINISH FIRST: Sony's (SNE) "Men in Black: International," the fourth film in the "Men in Black" franchise starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, is expected to win the domestic box office in its opening weekend after taking in $3.1M from Thursday night previews. The film is seen to debut in the $35M-$37M range, which is lower than the $54.6M debut "Men in Black III" had in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
'DARK PHOENIX' SECOND WEEKEND: After finishing its debut last weekend in second place at the box office, Disney (DIS) subsidiary Fox's "Dark Phoenix," the latest film in the X-Men universe, is expected to slip to fifth place this weekend. The movie opened to a disappointing $33M in stateside ticket sales last weekend, becoming the lowest-earning debut for an X-Men movie ever.
'SECRET LIFE OF PETS' SEEN TO HOLD STRONG: Comcast subsidiary (CMCSA, CMCSK) Universal's animated sequel "The Secret Life of Pets 2," which won the box office last weekend, is expected to remain near the top this weekend. The animated film is expected to come in second place at the box office with a domestic gross around $25M.
OVERALL DOMESTIC PROJECTIONS:
- Men in Black: International: $35M-$37M
- The Secret Life of Pets 2: $25M
- Aladdin: $15.6M
- Shaft: $14M
- Dark Phoenix: $13.1M
Other publicly traded companies in filmmaking include AT&T (T), CBS (CBS), Lionsgate (LGF.A, LGF.B), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
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