Men in Black took in $51.1 million over the three day weekend, setting a record as the biggest grosser for an Independence Day weekend. Last year's record-setter, Independence Day, grossed $50.2 million in its opening weekend in the same holiday period.

Since opening Tuesday night, the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi spoof has earned $84.13 million. Independence Day sold $84.97 million worth of tickets in its opening week. Sony Pictures is predicting the film will cross the $100 million mark by Wednesday. MiB is the biggest opening in the history of the studio.

Two other major films debuted over the weekend. Fox's Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau cruise-ship comedy Out to Sea set sail in sixth place with $5.9 million, and Warner Bros.' teen adventure Wild America landed in ninth with a tame $1.8 million.

Last week's box-office champ, Face/Off, slipped only to second place with $16.1 million, for a cumulative take of $51.5 million, while in fourth place, My Best Friend's Wedding also showed good legs at $10.8 million, for a cumulative total of $69.3 million.

Here's the preliminary list of the weekend's top ten, with final figures out later today:

1. Men in Black, $51.1 million
2. Face/Off, $16.1 million
3. Hercules, $12.2 million
4. My Best Friend's Wedding , $10.8 million
5. Batman & Robin, $8 million
6. Out to Sea, $5.9 million
7. Con Air, $3.8 million
8. Jurassic Park: The Lost World, $2.6 million
9. Wild America, $1.8 million
10. Speed 2: Cruise Control, $1.5 million

UPDATED JULY 8, 1997 at 4:30 p.m.

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