Men in Black 3

Men in Black 3
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld
Written by
Based onThe Men in Black
by Lowell Cunningham
Produced by
CinematographyBill Pope
Edited byDon Zimmerman
Music byDanny Elfman
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing[2]
Release dates
  • May 14, 2012 (2012-05-14) (Berlin)
  • May 25, 2012 (2012-05-25) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
Budget$215–225 million[4][5]
Box office$654.2 million[5]

Men in Black 3 (stylized as MIB³) is a 2012 American science fiction action comedy film based on the Marvel Comics series of a similar name. It is the sequel to Men in Black (1997) and Men in Black II (2002) and third installment in the Men in Black franchise. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and written by Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Emma Thompson. In the film, James Darrell Edwards III / Agent J (Smith) is required to go back in time to prevent the assassination of his partner Kevin Brown / Agent K (Jones), the fallout of which threatens the safety of Earth.

Development of the sequel began during filming of its predecessor, with its premise suggested by Smith to Sonnenfeld. Despite rumors of a fallout between Smith and Sonnenfeld during filming of Men in Black II, he, Smith and Jones were confirmed to return by May 2010, after being announced the previous year. David Koepp and Jeff Nathanson were later hired to perform uncredited rewrites to Cohen's original screenplay and principal photography began that November. Filming was split into two parts, first occurring between November and December 2010 and restarting between April and June 2011, taking place primarily in New York City.[6] With an officially acknowledged production budget of $215 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made.

Men in Black 3 first premiered at O2 World in Berlin on May 14, 2012, and was theatrically released in the United States by Sony Pictures Releasing on May 25. It received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of the cast (particularly Brolin's) and is considered an improvement over its predecessor.[7] The film grossed $654.2 million worldwide, becoming the tenth-highest grossing film of 2012 and the highest grossing film in the franchise,[5] unadjusted for inflation.[8] A standalone sequel and spin-off, Men in Black: International, was released in 2019, without most of the original cast.

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  2. ^ a b c "Men in Black 3 (2012)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  3. ^ "Men in Black 3". British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Grover, Ronald; Richwine, Lisa (May 28, 2012). ""Men in Black" sequel powers past "Avengers"". Reuters. Retrieved June 13, 2012. Sony said it spent an estimated $215 million to make the new "Men in Black" movie.
  5. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference mojo was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ Goldberg, Matt (May 7, 2010). "Columbia Sets Men in Black 3 in 3D to Hit Theaters on May 25, 2012; Will Smith to Return, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin in Talks to Co-Star". Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Men in Black 3 becomes most successful in franchise". Den Of Geek. Archived from the original on July 4, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Box Office Report: 'Men in Black 3' Becomes Highest-Grossing Title in Franchise". The Hollywood Reporter. July 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.

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