By Jordan Peterson | @himynamesjordan
The Meg didn’t just top the box office this weekend. It devoured the competition. Warner Bros’ giant, prehistoric shark movie over preformed, swallowing $44.5 million in its first three days of release. That more than doubles the early projections, which saw The Meg reeling in somewhere around $20 million domestically.
Overseas The Meg landed an addition $97 million which includes a whopping $50.3 million in China. That’s not all that surprising considering the film is a Chinese co-production. With an oversized production budget of $150, The Meg looks to be on its way to making a tidy sum profit for WB.
Mission: Impossible– Fallout slid down to second place with $22.1 million. That’s still a strong score for a film in its third week. ‘Fallout’ continues to be on par with the rest of the entries in the franchise post-MI3 with an eye on topping the $200 million benchmark by the end of its theatrical run.
Christopher Robin continues to benefit from the lack of competing family releases. In third place, the live-action Disney adaptation scooped up another $12.4 million for its honey jar. The film should continue to perform strong given its place right now as family-friendly counter-programming.
Continuing on the themes of over performing and live-action, Sony’s Creepy Pasta adaptation Slender Man is also scaring up more money than originally thought with $11.3 million. At fourth place, it’s a feat made more impressive when you consider the business that The Meg did over the weekend. Unfortunately, with a meager 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average “D-” CinemaScore rating, it’s safe to assume it won’t be long before Slender Man fades out of theaters and back into the realm of internet obscurity.
Rounding out the top five at the box office this weekend is Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman, which brought in $10.7 million on just 1,512 screens. That’s an average of $7,142 per screen. This marks the biggest opening for a Spike Lee film since 2006’s Inside Man, which was Lee’s big Hollywood bow.
There you have it. This week’s top five at the box office. Any shockers for you? I want to hear from you so leave me your comments below!