'Men in Black 3' bumps 'The Avengers' from top spot at the box office with $70 million
"The Avengers" winning streak has officially come to an end as "Men in Black 3" debuted with an estimated $70 million for the Memorial Day box office, according to the Associated Press.
"Men in Black 3" also earned $133.2 million in the international markets for a worldwide total of $203.2 million.
Original franchise stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprised their roles as Agent J and Agent K from the first two "Men in Black" films in the latest sequel. In this film, Agent J travels back in time to 1969 to help save a young Agent K - played by Josh Brolin - as well as planet earth.
In second place is the former three-week box office champ "The Avengers" with $46.9 million. The film still has a lot of success to celebrate for the weekend as its domestic total crossed the $500 million mark for a total of $523.6 million. The sum puts the superhero action film in the No. 4 spot for all-time domestic box office revenue.
"The Avengers is expected to surpass "The Dark Knight" for all-time domestic totals leaving "Avatar" a $760.5 million and "Titanic" at $658.5 million as the top two films on the chart. The movie is also closing in on the worldwide total record of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." "The Avengers" has earned a worldwide total of $1.3 billion so far while the last film in the "Harry Potter" franchise earned $1.33 billion. "Avatar" holds the record to top worldwide gross with $2.8 billion.
"Battleship" stayed in the top three films despite its lackluster reviews and box office numbers in its debut weekend last week. The sci-fi action film earned $13.8 million at the box office over the holiday weekend. The sum pushes its domestic total to $47.1 million.
The Sacha Baron Cohen comedy "The Dictator" took fourth place for the weekend with $11.8 million.
Although early Sunday estimates put "Chernobyl Diaries" in the No. 5 slot at the box office, the film's revenue slumped to put the film in sixth place for the weekend as Johnny Depp's "Dark Shadows" picked up some audience and rose to fifth place. The comedy film, based off a television series, earned $9.4 million in its third weekend at the box office.
Watch trailers for "Men in Black 3," "The Chernobyl Diaries" and "Moonrise Kingdom" below.