Thanks to Warner Bros. “The MEG,” the mid-august weekend was devoured, with the film delivering a $45.4 million opening weekend in domestic markets. Opening in a wide amount of theaters, the 70ft beast unleashed its wide “JAWS” on the box office, chomping away the competitors, as the nearest source of competition was “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” which grossed $19 million in its third weekend.
“The MEG” was the talk of Amity town though, giving Jon Turteltaub the largest opening of his career as a director, and outside of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, it’s Statham’s biggest opening weekend as well. The film wasn't only a domestic monster though, it also landed some phenomenal results from international markets with a $101.5 million cumulative performance over the weekend, China providing a little less than half of that gross with $50.7 million. The film will debut in South Korea and Australia this weekend, and France and Japan later on.
Looking ahead, “The MEG” will be swimming steadily with the only foreseeable competitor being some inner Studio competition in “Crazy Rich Asians,” which has the potential to be an unpredictable hit of massive proportions. Providing a prominent stage to an underserved demographic, one that is sure to come out in droves to see this novella adaptation. The question for "The MEG" will be how much of that opening audience will spread the word, with a “B” Cinemascore, the film has some steady momentum and its second weekend will tell the story.
Second place, as mentioned, is awarded to Tom Cruise and the MI6 crew as “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” dropped 45% from last weekend, a shade more of a slowdown than expected as the film’s domestic gross has been pushed to $161 million. The gap between the franchises best domestic performer “Mission: Impossible 2” continues to shrink, and the global tally levels up to $436.9 million as “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” added $38.4 million from overseas markets.
Disney’s “Christopher Robin” settled into third place with a $12.9 million gross in its second weekend, a 47.3% dip that brings its domestic cume to around $50 million. The international markets provided a needed assistance of $4 million that grew it's global tally to $62 million, as Winnie the Pooh and his friends continue to remain on pace with “Pete’s Dragon.”
“Slender Man” underperformed with both audiences and critics, receiving a 14% Rotten score on RottenTomatoes and a .5/4 rating from us at Flick Crave, as well as a “D-” Cinemascore from audiences. Ending its opening weekend run with an $11.37 million gross, a fourth-place finish that is expected to drop drastically due to its lack of resonance with audiences.
Rounding at the top five is Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” one of 2018’s best films found itself with a successful weekend of $10.8 million from 1,512 locations, averaging about $9,300 per theater. The third largest debut in Lee’s career and the audiences seem to agree with critics with an “A-” Cinemascore and a 97% certified fresh score from RottenTomatoes, suggesting this film may have a lot more gas left in the tank.
Elsewhere you can find “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” with an additional $5.86 million, and LD Entertainment’s “Dog Days” suffered from the dog days of August with a mere $2.55 million opening. Although, the yearly differences are up as 2018’s August is off to a hot start in comparison to 2017’s, a 25% weekend increase, with the top twelve grossing over $132 million.
“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Mile 22,” and “Alpha” will storm into theaters this weekend, and all of it seems to amount to a dull finish for the 2018 summer calendar. Few standouts are on their way, and all the big hitters have slowed down, but it's been a summer of records, with hopefully more to be broken throughout the year, only time will tell.