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Smith's 'MiBII' Sets Holiday Box Office Record
"Men in Black II" blasted the record books on the July Fourth holiday, vaporizing an estimated $90 million since its release last Wednesday and an estimated $54.1 million during the three-day weekend"Men in Black II" blasted the record books on the July Fourth holiday, vaporizing an estimated $90 million since its release last Wednesday and an estimated $54.1 million during the three-day weekend (Friday-Sunday). The debut of the Sony film -- which stars rapper/actor Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones -- was the biggest ever for the Fourth of July weekend, topping the record $51.1 million set by "Men in Black" in 1997.
The estimated five-day gross for "MiB II" beat the Wednesday through Sunday total of 20th Century Fox's "Independence Day," which brought in $85 million, and the $84.1 million earned by the original "MiB." The latter's total included $4.8 million from Tuesday night previews.
The stellar opening for "MiB II," helmed by Barry Sonnenfeld, marks a personal best for Smith and gives him the top three debuts for the Fourth of July weekend along with "Independence Day" and "MiB." "It's great to have the 'Men in Black' back and bigger than ever before," Sony president of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake said. "The July Fourth weekend belongs to Will Smith."
Also opening during the holiday period was rapper Lil Bow Wow's "Like Mike," which debuted in the third slot behind the Adam Sandler-starring film "Mr. Deeds." Bow Wow's Fox basketball comedy earned $13.05 million over the three-day weekend, and has taken in a solid $20.05 million since its release last Wednesday.
Disney's "Lilo & Stitch" -- which features an Elvis Presley-packed soundtrack -- occupied the fourth slot with an estimated $12.7 million box office tally. The PG-rated film became the sixth picture released this year to cross the $100 million mark, as it has now earned an estimated $103.1 million since opening three weeks ago.