Will Smith - Aliens Topple Superheroes At The U.s. Box Office
Will Smith's alien comedy Men In Black Iii beamed its way to the top of the U.S. box office over the weekend (25-27May12), putting an end to the reign of superhero smash The Avengers.
The widely-anticipated Men in Black sequel, which marks Smith's return to the big screen for the first time in four years, raked in $55 million (£34 million), while Mark Ruffalo's adventure epic - which had held onto the top spot for three weeks running - grossed $37 million (£23 million), pushing its earnings from American ticket sales to $514 million (£321 million).
Even though The Avengers failed to hold onto its coveted first place position, the record-breaking film earned yet another honour after becoming only the fourth movie ever to top half a billion dollars domestically in the U.S.
In third was Rihanna's Battleship with takings of $10.8 million (£7.8 million), while controversial comedy The DICtator earned $9.6 million (£6 million) to land fourth and rounding out the top five is Chernobyl Diaries ($8 million/£5 million).