‘The Meg’ Takes a Bite Out of the Competition at the Weekend Box Office

1.“The Meg”Warner Bros$44,000,000
2.“Mission: Impossible-Fallout”Paramount$20,000,000
3.“Christopher Robin”Buena Vista$12,430,000
4.“Slender Man”Screen Gems$11,325,000
5.“BlacKkKlansman”Focus Features$10,799,000
6.“The Spy Who Dumped Me”Lionsgate$6,600,000
7.“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”Universal$5,820,000
8.“The Equalizer 2”Sony$5,500,000
9.“Hotel Transylvania 3”Sony$5,110,000
10.“Ant-Man and The Wasp”Buena Vista$4,048,000

 

The Meg” exceeded expectations as it swam into first place at the box office this weekend. Box Office Mojo is reporting that the movie that reminds you it’s not safe to go into the water scored big with $44.5M in its opening. The sci fi/thriller earned very mixed reviews from critics and general audiences. Worldwide, though, the megalodon earned an estimated $146M in three days, earning back its $130M budget in no time.

Read Joey Magidson’s official review of “The Meg” here.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout” slips down one spot to second place after two weeks at number one. The latest in the Ethan Hunt/spy franchise added $20M to its three week take. It now has more than $160M in the US and over $435M worldwide. It is still tracking a bit behind its predecessors, but still has plenty of time to catch up to the rest.

Disney’s “Christopher Robin” is still struggling to gain traction with an audience. The live action Winnie the Pooh movie has earned about $50M in the US, with an additional $12M internationally.

Newcomer “Slender Man” managed a fourth place debut with $11.3M. This news comes as a bit of a surprise, considering there were reports of several cities that refused to screen the horror film. Inspired by the real life attempted murder of a middle school girl by two classmates, the movie has had a rough journey to theaters.

Spike Lee’s highly anticipated true story, “BlacKkKlansman,” opened in fifth place with $10.8M and another $400K in a few overseas markets. The film earned wide critical praise, an A- Cinemascore, and managed to survive yet another MoviePass meltdown that left many viewers unable to use the service and subsequently paying out of pocket. It is the third highest opening for a Spike Lee Joint, although when adjusting for inflation it would probably be third or fourth. Still, it was easily one of the most anticipated films of Lee’s in recent memory and the audience showed up.

Read Clayton Davis’ review of “BlacKkKlansman” here.

The rest of the top ten is basically everything from last week sliding down just a bit. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” moved from third to sixth with $6.6M. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” goes from fourth to seventh with $5.8M. “The Equalizer 2” finishes in eighth with $5.5M. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” enjoys a ninth place spot with $5.1M. And “Ant-Man and The Wasp” managed to hold on over “The Darkest Minds” and “Incredibles 2,” both of which finished outside of the ten. “Ant-Man” adds $4M domestic.

This week’s new releases include “Alpha,” “Mile 22,” “Juliet Naked,” “The Wife.”  And one of the film events of the summer is the mid-week release of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Did you see “The Meg” or “BlacKkKlansman” this weekend? Something else? Comment below and share!