New in Theaters: 'Men in Black 3', 'Chernobyl Diaries'

Posted 12:05 PM May 26th, 2012 by Binh Ngo
Men in Black 3

In Men in Black 3, an intergalactic criminal named Boris the Animal travels back in time to exact revenge on Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) for the demise of his race and, more importantly, for taking away his left arm. Boris succeeds so Agents J (Will Smith) must travel back in time as well to prevent his partner's untimely death.

The last Men in Black movie was nearly ten years ago, and maybe that's a good thing since Men in Black II got mostly poor reviews and was less successful at the box office than its predecessor. Maybe the long absence will make audience regard the new movie in a better light.

With a Tomatometer of 68% at Rotten Tomatoes, critics say Men in Black 3 is an improvement over the second movie, but it doesn't exactly leave them clamoring for more.

Men in Black 3 is projected to make somewhere in the range of $72-$84 million over this four day Memorial Day weekend, but its Friday's take of $18 million suggests it'll hit the lower end of that projection.

Chernobyl Diaries is another horror movie from Paranormal Activity producer Oren Peli and is about a group of teens taking a tour of a deserted city located near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. As you probably know, things won't end well for this group.

With a Tomatometer of 26%, critics say Chernobyl Diaries didn't rise above standard genre fare where no-name actors playing dumb teenagers are picked off one-by-one.

Despite the extra day, Chernobyl Diaries is only expected to make in the range of $13-$14 million this extended weekend. With a Friday take of $3.5 million, it looks like the movie will only hit the lower end of its projection as well.

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