Box Office: ‘Men in Black 3’ takes down ‘Avengers’ with $55M

Posted: May 29, 2012

The suits have knocked off the superheroes at the box office. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ sequel Men in Black 3 debuted as the No. 1 movie over Memorial Day weekend with $55 million domestically from Friday to Sunday.

That bumps The Avengers into second place after three blockbuster weekends. The Avengers took in $37 million over the three days to push its domestic total to $514 million and become only the fourth movie to top half a billion dollars. Sony estimates that by the end of the four-day holiday weekend Monday, Men in Black 3 will have pulled in $70 million domestically and $202 million worldwide.

Universal’s Battleship was No. 3 in its second weekend with $10.8 million, raising its domestic earnings to $44.3 million. Paramount’s comedy The Dictator took in $9.6 million to finish fourth in its second weekend and lift its total to $41.5 million.

Bieber wanted for questioning

Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center. Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wiard says the photographer called 911 on Sunday and complained of chest pain. Wiard said the scuffle happened when the photographer tried to snap pictures of Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez after they walked out of a theater at the Commons at Calabasas.

Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This article contains info from Inquirer wire services.

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