This weekend, it’s a face-off between intergalactic crime fighters and earth’s mightiest (box-office) heroes.

Friday sees the release of “Men in Black III,” which reunites Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the alien-besting duo. While the series has historically brought in big box office numbers, does it have enough power behind it to potentially knock the superhero flick from its top spot?

Let’s take a look at the box-office predictions, in Moviefone’s Weekend Movie Preview.

NATIONWIDE RELEASES

“Men in Black III”
What’s the story? The third chapter of the extraterrestrial-policing series sees Agent J (Will Smith) traveling back in time in order to right history and save the life of his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones).
Box-office prediction: The first two “MIB” films brought in a boatload of cash — over $ 1 billion worldwide — however, the newest film comes a decade after its predecessor. “MIB III” has the benefit of being released during a holiday weekend, coupled with some pretty strong reviews. Opening in over 4,000 theaters including 278 IMAX, the film could gross $ 77 million.
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  • Rafer Guzman (Newsday)

    The franchise is no longer the zenith of blockbusterism, and the gooey effects from Hollywood veteran Rick Baker look overly familiar, but “Men in Black 3″ <a href=”http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/movies/men-in-black-3-they-re-back-in-time-1.3736649″ target=”_hplink”>remains an amiable comedy with some fondly familiar faces</a>.

  • A.O. Scott (NY Times)

    “Men in Black 3″ arrives in the multiplexes of the world with no particular agenda. Which may be part of the <a href=”http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/05/25/movies/men-in-black-3-with-will-smith-and-tommy-lee-jones.html?partner=rss&emc=rss” target=”_hplink”>reason that it turns out to be so much fun</a>.

  • Moira MacDonald (Seattle Times)

    You may be wondering what thrilling, creative idea caused the filmmakers and stars to resurrect this franchise. <a href=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2018272584_mr25men.html” target=”_hplink”>The answer: none</a>.

  • Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

    <a href=”http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120523/REVIEWS/120529988″ target=”_hplink”>It’s better than the first one</a>.

  • Ty Burr (Boston Globe)

    Brolin’s performance is funny, masterful, confident, and more than a little unsettling. If one human being can sample another, <a href=”http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2012/05/24/special_k/?rss_id=Boston.com+–+Movie+news” target=”_hplink”>that’s what’s going on here</a>.

  • Nathan Rabin (AV Club)

    Sonnenfeld’s mildly overachieving film isn’t essential, but it finds just enough ways to justify <a href=”http://www.avclub.com/articles/men-in-black-3,75576/” target=”_hplink”>its existence beyond the insatiable demands of commerce</a>.

  • Lisa Schwarzbaum (EW)

    Sonnenfeld and Cohen move their baby along with an integrity and gait that ought to serve as a blueprint for other filmmakers <a href=”http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20587728,00.html” target=”_hplink”>faced with the particular challenges of reviving big-ticket and time-dated hunks of pop culture</a>.

  • John Semley (Slant)

    More like an attempt to reenergize a franchise than <a href=”http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/men-in-black-iii/6302″ target=”_hplink”>rebottle the lightning that electrified the original</a>.

  • Christy Lemire (AP)

    When even the most charismatic actor on the planet can’t fake excitement, <a href=”http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/152772905.html” target=”_hplink”>you know you’re in trouble</a>.

  • Trevor Johnston (Time Out)

    I’m still not convinced anyone really needs it, <a href=”http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/90467/men-in-black-3.html” target=”_hplink”>but this is a respectable effort in the circumstances</a>.

“Chernobyl Diaries”
What’s the story? The thriller imagines six tourists who decide — for fun — to visit the home of Chernobyl nuclear reactor workers. Despite the area being deserted for over 25 years, the group soon realizes that they are not alone.
Box-office prediction: Typically, audiences are lining up in droves for summer horror flicks, unless they’re targeted to a back-to-school audience. “Chernobyl,” which is rated R, is angling for the young-adult audiences and is relying on its found footage buzz. Screening in over 2,400 theaters, “Chernobyl Diaries” could earn $ 12 million this weekend.
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LIMITED RELEASES
While there aren’t a ton of national releases hitting theaters this weekend, there’s enough on the limited side to tickle your fancy. Wes Anderson continues his twee-takeover with “Moonrise Kingdom”; the animated feature, “Arjun,” tells the tale of a young price who took on an entire army for peace; James Cromwell stars in the heartwarming story, “Cowgirls N Angels” about a girl in search of her father; SXSW favorite, “Hide Away,” tells a story of a businessman who tries to restore his life via fixing up an old sailboat; “The Intouchables” is about a wealthy widower whose unlikely caretaker helps restart his life; in the 1970s-set “Mighty Fine,” a family moves from Brooklyn to New Orleans, in hopes of a better life; the documentary “OC87″ follows a man struggling with mental illness while continuing his filmmaking aspirations; and in “Oslo, August 31,” a man deals with his drug-addictive past.

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