Adding to Hollywood’s sizzling summer, the shark thriller The Meg opened well above expectations with an estimated US$44.5 million in ticket sales, while Spike Lee had his best debut in a decade.
With an international cast led by Jason Statham and featuring Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, and Winston Chao, The Meg cost at least $130 million to make.
The Film debuted well overseas, taking in $50.3 million in China and totaling $96.8 million internationally, according to studio estimates Sunday.
After two weeks at no. 1, Mission: Impossible — Fallout slid to second place in its third weekend with $20 million. The Paramount Pictures release starring Tom Cruise has pulled in $162 million in three weeks.
Lee’s critically acclaimed BlacKkKlansman also opened strongly with $10.8 million in 1,512 theatres. The Focus Features release, which took the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in May, was timed to the anniversary of the violent clashes between white nationalists and anti-racism counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Lee’s film, produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out), is a true-life tale of African-American police detective Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, son of Denzel), who in 1979 infiltrated a Colorado Springs, Colorado, cell of the Ku Klux Klan.
This summer has been a resurgence since last year’s dismal numbers. With box office results coming in higher than 25% compared to last year. And next week will be getting the ground-breaking film Crazy Rich Asians, which features an all Asian cast.