‘The Meg’ devoured the competition at the domestic box office.
Warner Bros.’ big-budget shark thriller opened well above expectations, biting off $44.5 million when it opened in 4,118 North American locations. That was easily enough to nab the No. 1 slot over ‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout,’ which picked up $20 million in its third outing.
‘The Meg,’ which is a co-production with China, will still have to secure big returns overseas to justify its expensive $130 million production budget.
Fellow newcomer ‘BlacKkKlansman’ debut in fifth place with $10.8 million in 1,500 locations, earning director Spike Lee his best opening in over a decade. Lee’s Cannes Grand Prix winning crime drama, which debuted on the first anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville rally, has maintained enthusiasm with a promising 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and A- CinemaScore.
Horror auteurs Jason Blum and Jordan Peele co-produced the Focus Features title, which tells the true story of black detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who goes undercover—with the help of Jewish cop Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) -- to infiltrate the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
Prior to ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Lee’s 2006 film ‘Inside Man’ launched with $28 million. His latest outing, ‘Chi-Raq,’ picked up $2.5 million during its limited theatrical run ahead of an Amazon release.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Film