After being on top of the box office for three weeks in a row, it appears that The Avengers will be knocked down to the number two slot this weekend, as MIB 3 is expected to make the most money in the coming days. The Sci-Fi comedy stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin and industry analysts are predicting an opening of around$80 million. This is Will Smith’s first film in nearly four years, but he is still one of the biggest stars on the planet, so MIB 3 is expected to make quite a bit of money. The only thing holding the film back is that MIB 2 is often considered a major letdown from the original. Reviews for the third film have been more positive, but it will be interesting to see how many people actually turn up to see it this weekend.

Also getting a wide release is the horror film Chernobyl Diaries. It is produced by Oren Peli, the man who directed Paranormal Activity. Those films have all grossed over $80 million, but Chernobyl Diaries will probably not fair quite as well. The advertising has done a poor job of stating what the villain of the movie is and it is also difficult to tell whether the film is found footage or not. It’s opening at 2,433 theaters, but it will likely end up being a box office disappointment.

Also opening in limited release (and by limited I mean a measly four theaters) is Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. This film was a hit at the Cannes film festival and it has received overwhelmingly positive reviews ever since. Anderson has a loyal fanbase, so it is expected that this film will be expanding in the coming weeks.

  • MIB 3
  • Chernobyl Diaries
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Expanding to wide release)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (Limited)
  • The Intouchables (Limited)
  • OC87 (Limited)
  • Arjun: The Warrior Prince (Limited)