With the dog days of summer upon us, The Meg has overperformed at the box office with what is likely the last big summer hit of the season. The Meg more than doubled most analysts’ predictions, easily taking the top spot with an impressive $44.5 million.
This shark tale also opened big overseas, with a cool $97 million from foreign markets, bringing its worldwide debut to $141.5 million, already eclipsing the $130 million budget. With the rest of the summer slate looking rather soft, The Meg could easily coast through August and it might even win the next two weekends in a row.
While critics were split on The Meg (49% on Rotten Tomatoes), the fans came out in full force, with a solid $10,806 per-screen average from 4,118 theaters. The Meg knocked Mission: Impossible – Fallout from its two-week stint atop the box office, with Fallout dropping to second place with $20 million (dropping just 43.7% from last weekend), while Disney’s Christopher Robin was bumped down to third place with $12.4 million (a 49.4% drop from last weekend).