Things are looking “Black” at the box office this weekend, and execs at Sony couldn’t be happier.
Distrib’s “Men in Black 2” grossed an estimated $35 million million over only its first two days. Sony figures “MiB2” grossed $19 million on Wednesday and $16 million Thursday.
Impressive perf means sequel scifi actioner could outdistance 1997’s $84.1 million opening for the original “MiB” – the second biggest five-day bow of all time after 1996’s “Independence Day” ($96.1 million).
Sequel’s surge comes despite the absence of midnight Tuesday shows, something both “ID4” and the original “MiB” enjoyed. But “MiB 2” was helped by a super-wide release in 3,560 theaters.
Elsewhere among openers over the Independence Day-lengthened frame, 20th Century Fox’s “Like Mike” seems a slam-dunk for at least the high teen millions through Sunday. Hoops fantasy scored $4 million in Wednesday B.O. and another $3 million on the Thursday holiday.
But Warner Bros.’ TV toon-adaptation “The Powerpuff Girls Movie” likely will see only single-digit millions over five days. “Girls” grossed $2.5 million in frame’s first two days.
Meanwhile, Sony soph-sesher “Mr. Deeds” looks to enjoy another solid sesh. Adam Sandler starrer was the second-highest grosser over long weekend’s first two days with an estimated $8.2 million.