Weekend Box Office: ‘MIB 3’ Dethrones ‘The Avengers’ For #1 Spot

By BallerStatus News Staff  |  05/29/2012

MIB 3"The Avengers' " run at the box office finally came to an end over Memorial Day Weekend, with Will Smith's "MIB 3" (aka "Men In Black 3") dethroning the superhero blockbuster to take the #1 spot.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' latest "Men in Black" installment debuted with $70 million domestically over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, which proved unusually quiet at theaters for Hollywood overall. Overseas, "MIB 3" earned another $133.2 million, taking its worldwide total to $203.2 million.

It took over the #1 spot from Disney's "The Avengers," which had been the top flick for three straight weekends, but slipped to second place with $46.9 million domestically.

"Avengers" raised its domestic total to $523.6 million, making it the #4 movie on the all-time domestic revenue chart and only the fourth film to top half a billion dollars. It is expected to pass "The Dark Knight" (#3) at $533.3 million, leaving only "Avatar" at $760.5 million and "Titanic" at $658.5 million ahead of it.

In at #3 is "Battleship," earning #13.8 million over the weekend; "The Dictator" came in at #4 with $11.8 million; and "Dark Shadows" closes out the top 5 with $9.4 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, the Warner Bros. fright flick "Chernobyl Diaries," opened at #6, with just $9.3 million for the four days.

Despite the performances of both "MIB 3" and "The Avengers," Memorial Day weekend was the slowest at theaters in more than a decade. Box-office tracker Hollywood.com estimates that overall domestic receipts for the four days will finish at $190 million, the lowest since Memorial Day weekend in 2001, when revenues totaled $185.3 million.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Universal Pictures adventure film "Snow White and the Huntsman", starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart; and the Andy Garcia foreign film, "Greater Glory."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Men in Black 3," $70 million.
2. "The Avengers," $46.9 million.
3. "Battleship," $13.8 million.
4. "The Dictator," $11.8 million.
5. "Dark Shadows," $9.4 million.
6. "Chernobyl Diaries," $9.3 million.
7. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $8.9 million.
8. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $8.2 million.
9. "The Hunger Games," $2.9 million.
10. "Think Like a Man," $1.8 million.