Weekend Box Office: ‘The Meg’ Showing Some Teeth With A $15M Opening Day
August 11, 2018 - box office
Jon Turtelaub destined Hollywood’s latest shark film for Warner Bros. and China’s Gravity Pictures.
What would a summer be but a shark movie?
Warner Bros.’ shark pic The Meg, starring long-lived movement star Jason Statham, is looking like it might have some genuine teeth during a box office. After grossing a earnest $4 million in Thursday-evening previews as it swam into North American theaters, early estimates are that it could take in about $15 million currently (including a Thursday gross) as it heads for an opening three-day sum that could design $35 million.
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If that holds, then The Meg will have beaten prerelease tracking that saw it holding in around $20 million in a domestic entrance — all conflicting a bill of $150 million (the studio says a net bill was $130 million).
The Meg is also anticipating for a large lapse offshore. China’s Gravity put adult a poignant apportionment of a budget, and is doing placement duties in China, where a film opens Friday.
The film warranted $7.2 million from a initial raft of markets on Thursday. In China, a film is pacing to sum a plain $16 million on Friday, putting it only behind dual internal films. So distant in China, The Meg is outpacing San Andreas, Skyscraper and Geostorm.
Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis co-star in a film, that follows a organisation of scientists perplexing to stop a huge shark from causing destruction.
In summer 1975, executive Steven Spielberg made history with a classical shark film Jaws. More recently, Sony’s The Shallows, starring Blake Lively, regenerated a genre by grossing $119 million globally conflicting a medium $25 million budget. That was followed by 47 Meters Down final summer, that garnered $44.3 million conflicting a $5.5 million budget.
Several other cinema open national conflicting The Meg, including Spike Lee’s high-profile Cannes Film Festival entrance BlacKkKlansman, that tells a loyal story of dual Colorado cops, one black (John David Washington) and one Jewish (Adam Driver), who infiltrated their internal KKK section in a early 1970s.
From Focus Features, BlacKkKlansman is tracking to entrance in a $10 million range, a plain start for a specialty film rising in summer contra during a tumble awards season. Friday estimates placed a first-gross during around $4 million, that should set it adult to strike a $10 million opening weekend.
Sony’s Screen Gems enters a Aug ravel with a low-budget Slender Man, a abnormal fear film that is tracking to crawl in a $8 million-$12 million operation after earning $1 million in Thursday previews. It appears to be grossing around $4 million today, that would put a opening in a $10 million range.The pic follows a organisation of friends preoccupied by a internet science of a boogeyman famous as a Slender Man. When they try to infer he doesn’t exist, one of them mysteriously disappears.
The weekend’s fourth new national charity is a indie film Dog Days, from LD Entertainment. The family comedy, about a intersection of humans and canines, is tracking to open in a mid- to high-single number millions. The garb expel includes Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Lauren Lapkus, Thomas Lennon, Adam Pally, Ryan Hansen and Rob Corddry. Its estimated Friday take is in a $700,000 to $900,000 range, that should lead to a three-day take of around $3 million.
Aug. 10, 9 a.m. Updated with unfamiliar numbers.
Aug. 10, 1:50 p.m. Updated with early Friday estimates.