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The Meg: Eating the Box Office Alive

Jason Statham in The Meg

The Meg eats the box office alive, with a leviathan-like opening weekend.

The Meg, a movie about a giant prehistoric shark, thought to be extinct, who surfaces from the deep to get a bit bitey with the humans, has vastly outperformed all expectations, pulling in $44 million in the US and another $97 million overseas. This gives Warner Bros a surprise boost in the depths of deep, dark August – a month that is seen by all in the movie industry to be the most non-eventful of the year.

The shark movie, starring the one and only A-lister with patch baldness – the amazing Jason Statham – is the week’s heaviest grossing film in North America, overtaking Mission Impossible – Fallout, and now standing at $161 million in the US. Fallout held the top spot at the box office from its July 27th premiere date until August 9th, with The Meg taking over from its August 10th debut to the current date.

The Meg is Warner Bros highest-grossing debut of the year, monetarily surpassing films like Ready Player One and Ocean’s 8, who both respectively took in $41 million in their March and June openings.

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The film’s incredible popularity has even prompted star Jason Statham into talking about sequels with Entertainment Weekly. Premature yes, but happening in the future – undoubtedly.

Haven’t seen The Meg yet? Here’s a quick synopsis…

The Meg is a 2018 science fiction action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis, and follows a group of scientists who encounter a 75-foot-long (23 m) megalodon shark while on a rescue mission at the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

The Meg is currently screening in cinemas globally.

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