Latest ‘Men in Black’ leads box office but fails to wow critics

Chris Hemsworth, foreground, and Tessa Thompson star in Columbia Pictures’ ‘Men in Black: International’ which took in an estimated $28.5 million in North American box offices over the weekend. (Columbia Pictures via AP)
Updated 17 June 2019

Latest ‘Men in Black’ leads box office but fails to wow critics

  • Its box-office take for the three-day weekend fell short of ‘even the slimmest of studio expectations’

LOS ANGELES: “Men in Black: International” led North American box offices over the weekend, but the new sci-fi comedy was not as far into the black as Sony would have liked, taking in an estimated $28.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported.
In this spinoff to the three earlier “Men in Black” installments, the roles of black-suited alien-fighters pass from their originators, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, to the younger Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson also star.
Critics liked the chemistry of the two leads but gave the movie a lukewarm rating of only 24 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Its box-office take for the three-day weekend fell short of “even the slimmest of studio expectations,” website BoxOfficeMojo reported.
But as suggested by its title, the film, shot in five countries, is doing better overseas, with earnings of $73 million to date.
In second spot was last weekend’s leader, “The Secret Life of Pets 2” from Universal, at $23.8 million. This sequel features the voices of Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Patton Oswalt in another tale of the mischief pets get into when their owners are away.
In third, for the second week, was Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” at $16.7 million. It stars Will Smith as the genie and Mena Massoud as the wily title character craving the attention of the enticing Jasmine (Naomi Scott).
Slipping two spots to fourth place was “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” at $9 million. In what is said to be the final installment in the X-men series, the lead characters face the fierce superhuman Phoenix after a space mission goes awry. The film stars James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain.
And in fifth, for the second week, was Paramount’s “Rocketman,” at $8.8 million. Taron Egerton stars in the biopic dramatizing the life of superstar singer Elton John.
Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:
“Shaft” ($8.3 million)
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” ($8.1 million)
“John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” ($6.1 million)
“Late Night” ($5.1 million)
“Ma” ($3.6 million)


Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

Updated 20 October 2019

Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

  • The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock
  • The herd includes 2,000 merino sheep and 100 goats

MADRID: Sheep replaced traffic on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds steered their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient migration routes.
The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock from northern Spain to more southerly pastures for winter grazing.
The route would have taken them through undeveloped countryside a few centuries ago, but today it cuts through Madrid’s bustling city center and along some of its most famous streets.
Sheep farmers pay a nominal charge in symbolic acknowledgement of a 1418 agreement with the city council that set a fee of 50 maravedis — medieval coins — per 1,000 sheep brought through the central Sol square and Gran Via street.
The herd includes 2,000 merino sheep and 100 goats.