News // 'THE MEG' TAKES A BITE OUT OF THE BOX OFFICE

Spike Lee's latest, BlacKkKlansman, debuts in the Top Five.



It's not a complete surprise, but The Meg (#1) chomped its way to the top of the box office with a haul of over $44.5 million. The film tracked well in early releases on Thursday evening before opening wide. It didn't have much competition, with the third weekend of Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Fallout (#2) serving as the closest thing to a competitor.


Also opening wide, horror film Slender Man (#4) fared decently for a genre film, earning just over $11 million. Just under that, Spike Lee's Cannes Film Festival-winning picture , BlacKkKlansman (#5) opened with just over $10 million.


The only other major release was the family film, Dog Days (#12), which debuted at just under $3 million, not enough for a Top Ten finish, despite having a decent cast of names like Nina Dobrev and Eva Longoria.


As for milestones, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (#7) crossed the $100 million mark, domestically. Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp (#10) clung to the Top Ten with a $4 million finish, enough to also help it cross the $200 million mark. And, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (#14) earned enough from the weekend to cross $400 million.


In limited release, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade (#16) crossed $10 million total with another stellar weekend for a smaller film. As for debuts, the best went to Madeline's Madeline (#35), which opened to over $20,000 on just one screen.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are two films that debuted last week, The Darkest Minds (#13) and Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (#15), plus Disney/Pixar's juggernaut, Incredibles 2 (#11).


Next weekend, Mark Wahlberg hopes to have some Tom Cruise luck with his latest, Mile 22. And, Crazy Rich Asians hits cinemas wide after earning stellar reviews from critics. Plus, The Wife opens, officially kicking Glenn Close into the awards conversation. And, Billionaire Boys Club gets a quiet release. The film, starring Kevin Spacey and a cast of young men was put on the back-burner following Spacey's sexual assault scandals last year.


TOP TEN:

(bold signifies a new release)


1. THE MEG - $44.5 million

2. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - $20 million

3. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN - $12.4 million

4. SLENDER MAN - $11.3 million

5. BLACKKKLANSMAN - $10.79 million

6. THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME - $6.6 million

7. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN - $5.8 million

8. THE EQUALIZER 2 - $5.5 million

9. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION - $5.1 million

10. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - $4 million



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