‘The Meg’ Takes Massive Bite Out Of Weekend Box Office Competition

Taking advantage of the usual August release lull, The Meg – a killer shark movie starring Jason Statham that wasn’t expected to make much of a commercial splash — massively overperformed in its opening weekend, reaching the number one spot with a domestic haul of $44.5 million.

Combined with a big overseas opening of $97 million, The Meg’s worldwide debut stands at $141.4 million. That figure more than doubles what most analysts were predicting the film would earn in its opening weekend and also puts The Meg ahead of its reported $130 million budget. With little in the way of upcoming competition for the rest of August, The Meg could hold onto the top spot for the next few weekends in a row.

Despite middling review scores from critics (48% on Rotten Tomatoes), The Meg attracted enough moviegoers to knock Mission: Impossible – Fallout down to second place from its two-week perch at number one, with Fallout earning $20 million to bring its total domestic haul to $161.9 million.  Disney’s Christopher Robin dropped to third place with $12.4 million.

In addition to The Meg, two other major releases debuted this weekend. Sony’s horror flick Slender Man came in fourth place with a somewhat disappointing $11.3 million, while Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman grabbed the fifth spot with $10.7 million – not a bad haul considering it was only released in 1,512 theaters.

Here were the top 10 highest-grossing films domestically for the August 10-12 weekend, according to Box Office Mojo:

  1. The Meg – $44.5 million
  2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – $20 million
  3. Disney’s Christopher Robin – $12.4 million
  4. Slender Man – $11.3 million
  5. BlacKkKlansman – $10.79 million
  6. The Spy Who Dumped Me – $6.6 million
  7. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – $5.8 million
  8. The Equalizer 2 – $5.5 million
  9. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – $5.1 million
  10. Ant-Man and the Wasp – $4.04 million
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