Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Has Surprisingly Huge Bite With $44.5M U.S. Debut

Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Has Surprisingly Huge Bite With $44.5M U.S. Debut

Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Shark Movie Takes $44.5-M in US Debut


Warner Bros. shark film The Meg is its’ biggest North American box office opening YTD debuting to $96.8-M overseas for a global take of $141.3-M. Movie goers like Shark pics.

The Meg beat all expectations in its domestic debut at the weekend taking $44.5-M from 4,118 theaters, the biggest opening of all time for a live-action shark  film.China’s Gravity Pictures put up a significant portion of the budget is handling distribution in China, where The Meg debuted to $50.3-M for a total foreign launch of $96.8-M and a global box office of $141.3-M. Imax (NYSE:IMAX) took in $13.6-M, with $7-M coming from China.

The pic’s showing in North America was particularly good news for Warner Bros. and Gravity, which paid at least $150-M to produce the film.

In addition to besting predictions, the film prospered despite receiving a B+ CinemaScore, Vs an A. The pic skewed male (52%), while about 70% of the audience was over 25.

The Meg came in #1, while Mission: Impossible — Fallout fell to #2 in its 3rd weekend with $20-M from 3,888 theaters for a pleasing domestic total of $162-M for Paramount and Skydance.

Disney holdover Christopher Robin came in at # 3 in its 2nd frame with $12.4-M for a domestic take of $50-M and $62.1-M globally.

Screen Gems’ low-budget Slender Man, a supernatural horror film that came in #4 $11.3-M from 2,358 theaters, a D- CinemaScore is not hurting the movie

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman rounded out the Top 5  with just $10.8-M from 1,512 theaters, a slow start for a specialty film launching in Summer. Mr. Lee’s last movie was not a big success at the box office.

The weekend’s 4th new nationwide offering was the indie Dog Days from LD Entertainment. The family comedy grossed $3.6-M from 2,357 locations.

At the specialty box office

Documentaries continued to prosper.

Focus’ Won’t You Be My Neighbor? grew its total to $21.7-M, and Neon’s Three Identical Strangers approached the $10-M mark in the US

Dinesh D’Souza’s Death of a Nation, fell 57% in its 2nd weekend to $950,000 for a domestic total of $4.5-M at the box office so far.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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