Will Smith 's Men in Black 3 may have toppled The Avengers from the top box- office slot on Memorial Day Weekend but analysts are questioning whether its $55 million between Friday and Sunday is really something to crow about in comparison to the two movies that preceded it. It's been a decade since moviegoers have been treated to a Men in Black film and although, on paper, it looks as though $55 million pitches the third movie in the franchise against Men In Black 1 and 2, when inflation is taken into account, you'd really need to be looking at around $70 - $80 million according to E! Online, to really rival the popularity of the earlier movies.

Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com, is quoted as saying "When compared to its predecessors, I can understand people saying it should've done more." In 1997, the original Men In Black movie grossed $55 million on its opening weekend and the sequel took $52 million. With the added benefit of increased formats (such as iMAX 3D) and the pull of a six minute Spider-Man featurette to draw in the crowds, the general feeling amongst industry insiders is that the movie should have opened in a more spectacular fashion. Worldwide, however, the movie has grossed around $200 million. Not bad for a movie with a $215 million budget.

Avengers may have been knocked off the top spot in the box office charts but it has still managed to write itself another note in the history books. On Saturday May 26, 2012 (it's 23rd day of release), the movie broke the $500 million mark in the U.S, making it the fastest ever movie to have achieved that sales figure.