Was The Meg‘s opening weekend box office numbers as big as the ol’ gal? Box Office Mojo‘s forecast for the tally was squashed as the film almost met their full weekend totals with just Friday night’s ticket totals! With a B+ CinemaScore, The Meg opened Thursday night to $4 million in previews. Combining Thursday with Friday’s total tallies, Meg brought in $16.5 million. Projections for the film’s entire weekend were initially around the $20-24 million mark. I want so badly to insert a “MEG CHOMPED THAT” sort of joke here, because she deserves it.
In comparison, 47 Meters Down brought in $11 million in its first weekend while The Shallows brought $16.8 million. The Meg‘s theater count (4,118 screens), star power (Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Bingbing Li), and marketing (those posters, Pippin the yorkie) all gave The Meg an extra bump that attributes to all the change that it is bringing in.
The question though, is whether it’s worth it to give your hard earned money to The Meg? Nightmare on Film Street’s own Kimberley Elizabeth says that while the film has “a few fleetingly fun moments“, it has “also probably some of the worst dialogue and character development since the Sharknado movies.” I saw it this morning, and I have to agree with Kim. There was a whole lot of sharkiness in the marketing, but very little bite when it comes to the film. You can read her full review HERE.
But America jumped in the water with Meg as the film continued to blow expectations out of the water throughout the weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that the 3 day tally will be in the range of $44.5 million. That’s just domestic, though. Looking worldwide, Meg devoured $141.5 million. An impressive pull considering The Meg‘s budget of $130 million. The film probably has about another 3 to 4 weeks to pull in some money as well as home video and digital platforms to accumulate even more chum for the shark.
The Meg continues a year’s long winning streak of theatrical shark movie successes but what will we see next summer? 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter will be chaptering, that we know for sure, but will we see another original shark film?