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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Scores $44.5 Million, Swallowing the Competition Whole

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Shark or no shark, it looks like audiences could just not stay out of the water this weekend. The Meg opened big, easily surpassing estimates by taking in $44.5 million in its first weekend. The film—which sees noted marine biologist Jason Statham taking on a massive prehistoric shark—knocked Tom Cruise back down to second place, as Mission: Impossible – Fallout nabbed $20 million in its third weekend.

A big shark comes with a big price tag for Warner Bros., though. The Meg’s reported budget is $130 million, a number that the studio will need audiences overseas to show up for in order to pay for all that Megalodon action. On the other hand, The Meg is a movie in which Jason Statham fights a dinosaur shark, and if the world doesn’t want to spend money on that then maybe it truly is too late for humanity.

Elsewhere, Spike Lee‘s BlacKkKlansman opened strong, raking in $10.8 million over 1,500 locations, good enough for fifth place. That number is the auteur’s biggest opening in decades, a fact sweetened by an A- CinemaScore. Fellow newcomer Slender Man—Sony’s horror film with the terrifying premise of “remember 2011?”—opened in fourth place to $11.3 million, a more-than-respectable number considering its budget was $10 million.

As far as animals go: Sharks? Yes. Dogs? Apparently not. LD Entertainment’s Dog Days—a romantic comedy directed by Ken Marino and starring Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, and a few canine co-stars—opened straight to the pound with $2.63 million.

Check out the full weekend estimates below, and be back here next weekend to see if Mark Wahlberg‘s action thriller Mile 22 can be more than Option 3 at the box office.

Rank
Title
Weekend
Total

1.
The Meg
$44,500,000
$44,500,000

2.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
$20,000,000
$161,967, 284

3.
Disney’s Christopher Robin
$12,430,000
$50,019,317

4.
Slender Man
$11,325,000
$11,325,000

5.
BlacKkKlansman
$10,799,000
$10,799,000

6.
The Spy Why Dumped Me
$6,600,000
$24,560,385

7.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
$5,820,000
$103,831,200

8.
The Equalizer 2
$5,500,000
$89,645,928

9.
Hotel Transylvania 3
$5,110,000
$583,141,290

10.
Ant-Man and The Wasp
$4,048,000
$203,518,344

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