Weekend Actuals: ‘The Meg’ Scores a Super-Sized $45.4M; ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Opens Strong w/ $10.8M

'Slender Man' has a better-than-expected $11.3M

Monday Update: Audiences sure love sharks — fictional sharks, that is. Warner Bros.’ shark-based action-adventure The Meg opened about double expectations with a confirmed $45.4 million.

Most industry and analyst projections had hovered around the low-to-mid 20s range. The Jason Statham-led thriller opened higher than the entire total of last summer’s shark-themed sleeper hit 47 Meters Down, and will likely exceed the total of 2016’s shark-themed The Shallows later this week. (Both of those titles had female protagonists.)

Elsewhere at the box office

The leader for the past two weekends, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, fell to second place — even though some pre-release forecasts projected it to narrowly lead for a third consecutive frame.

One interesting point of comparison between the top two films is the lead stars’ ages: Tom Cruise is 56 while Jason Statham is 51. However, while slightly more than half of Fallout‘s audience this weekend was older than 50, only less than 30% of Meg‘s audience was the same, according to demographic data from BoxofficeProfile. This may be an indication of Statham’s younger fan base this decade, earned through work on such franchises as Fast and the Furious.

Sony’s / Screen Gems’ horror Slender Man started in fourth place with $11.3 million, slightly higher than expectations. Focus Features’ based-on-a-true-story dramedy BlacKkKlansman opened in fifth place with $10.8 million. LD Entertainment’s Dog Daysafter opening on Wednesday, failed to crack the top 10 with a 12th place start of $2.5 million.

Comparisons

Total box office this weekend was $146.8 million. That’s 5.7% above last weekend, and 25.6% ahead of this same weekend last year.

Year-to-date box office stands at $7.78 billion. That’s 8.7% ahead of last year, up from +8.3% after last weekend.

A full demographic breakdown of last weekend, courtesy of BoxofficeProfile, is included below.


Sunday Update:

The Meg is a monster.

Though pre-release tracking had the Megalodon flick finishing in the realm of $20-$25 million this weekend, the Warner Bros. release blew all predictions out of the water with an estimated $44.5 million. That makes it the third hit shark movie in as many years after 2016’s The Shallows and last year’s 47 Meters Down, though The Meg‘s opening weekend was on an entirely different scale, as those films debuted to a relatively compact $16.8 million and $11.2 million, respectively. Of course, The Meg was also produced on a much larger budget – reports have it costing in the range of $150 million – so the studio certainly needed it to make a splash of this size. Additionally, it also boasted a much higher screen count (4,118), making it the second-widest August release of all time after 2016’s Suicide Squad. The per-screen average for the film was $10,806.

The Meg‘s significant overperformance this weekend caught the industry off-guard, as the Jason Statham starrer didn’t have the kind of metrics (industry tracking, social media) that would have indicated a debut anywhere near $40 million. Clearly, moviegoers’ appetite for an over-the-top shark movie in the dog days of summer was greatly underestimated. Not adjusted for inflation, the opening was in the ballpark of Alien vs. Predator, which debuted with $38.2 million during roughly the same period in 2004 and finished with $80.2 million in North America. Like that film, The Meg proved to be basically critic-proof given (its Rotten Tomatoes rating is 49 percent), and its Cinemascore was a much healthier “B+,” indicating general satisfaction among its opening-day audience.

Despite being dethroned by The MegMission: Impossible – Fallout boasted another strong hold in its third weekend, dropping just 43 percent to an estimated $20 million in second place. As third weekends go, that’s more or less in line with every Mission: Impossible entry aside from Mission: Impossible III, all of which dropped less than 40 percent in their respective third frames. With a very strong $161.9 million after 17 days of release, Fallout has proven to be one of the summer’s leggiest tentpoles and has a good chance of topping $200 million by the end of its run.

Finishing in third place in its sophomore frame, Disney’s Christopher Robin took in an estimated $12.4 million, dropping 49 percent from its $24.5 million opening. That’s a decent hold for the family-oriented late-summer release, which is performing similarly to the studio’s Pete’s Dragon as well as 2015’s Paddington. Those films had grossed $42.9 million and $39.9 million, respectively, by the same point, and they finished with identical domestic totals of $76.2 million. Looking ahead, Christopher Robin is looking at relatively smooth sailing for the rest of the summer, as no other major family releases are slated to hit theaters through Labor Day.

Edging its way into fourth place was Sony/ScreenGems’ Slender Man, which took in an estimated $11.3 million in 2,358 locations in its debut frame. That’s a shade higher than expected for the low-budget horror film and a decent total considering this weekend’s competition from The Meg and the fact that its Rotten Tomatoes score is a dismal 15 percent. That said, all signs point to a brief theatrical run for the supernatural horror flick, as audiences awarded it an not-so-encouraging “D-” Cinemascore. Look for this one to burn out quickly before hitting home-viewing formats.

Opening in just 1,512 locations, Spike Lee’s acclaimed BlacKkKlansman debuted in fifth place with an estimated $10.7 million, giving the Focus Features release a healthy per-screen average of $7,142. The latest release from the iconic director benefitted from months of buzz leading up to its debut, with the film winning the Grand Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival back in May and earning plaudits from critics, many of whom are calling it one of Lee’s greatest achievements. Indeed, the film currently boasts a sizzling 97 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, in addition to an “A-” Cinemascore from audiences.

In the scheme of Lee’s career, this is his biggest opening weekend since 2006’s Inside Man ($28.9 million), though that film benefitted from a star-studded cast (Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster) and a much-wider release pattern. It’s also his third-biggest opening weekend of all time, coming in just behind The Original Kings of Comedy, which debuted to $11 million in 847 theaters in August of 2000. Indeed, this is a rare mainstream hit for the director, whose highest-grossing title after Inside Man ($88.5 million domestic) was Malcolm X, which debuted to $9.8 million and finished with $48.1 million in 1990-91. BlacKkKlansman is certainly Lee’s most-talked-about film in years, much of that owing to its zeitgeist-capturing themes. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out in the weeks ahead, but this is a strong start.

Dropping to sixth was Lionsgate’s’ The Spy Who Dumped Me, which dipped 45 percent to an estimated $6.6 million in its sophomore frame. That gives the Kate McKinnon-Mila Kunis comedy a so-so $24.5 million after ten days of release.

In seventh place, Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again passed the $100 million mark after taking in an estimated $5.8 million in weekend number four. With a domestic total of $103.8 million to date, the sequel is running just about even with the first Mamma Mia! at the same point in its run, though with higher weekend-to-weekend declines it will likely finish significantly below that film’s final domestic total of $144.1 million. Nonetheless, it’s a good performance for the musical follow-up, which has thus far grossed over $250 million worldwide.

In eighth, The Equalizer 2 took in an estimated $5.5 million in its fourth weekend, giving the Denzel Washington action sequel a healthy $89.6 million to date. It’s primed to finish with roughly the same total as the first film, which brought in $101.5 million domestically.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Sony’s hit animated threequel Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and Disney-Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which grossed an estimated $5.1 million and $4 million, respectively, in their sixth weekends. Summer Vacation‘s domestic total now stands at $146.8 million; Ant-Man and the Wasp, meanwhile, crossed the $200 million mark on Friday and has a current total of $203.5 million in North America. The superhero sequel currently sits in sixteenth place on the list of all-time MCU grossers domestically and is within striking distance of 2013’s Thor: The Dark World ($206.3 million).

Finishing outside the Top 10 was Dog Days, which took in an estimated $2.6 million in 2,442 theaters. That gives the canine-oriented rom-com a rather dreary per-screen average of $1,077, which ranks as one of the worst for a wide release this year. The total for the LD Entertainment release, which got an early jump on the weekend by opening on Wednesday, is $3.6 million over the five-day period.

Also outside the Top 10, A24’s Eighth Grade crossed the $10 million threshold with an estimated $1.6 million in its fifth weekend of release. The teenage dramedy written and directed by Bo Burnham now has $10.09 million in the bank and stands as one of the summer’s indie success stories alongside such films as Sorry To Bother You and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Overseas Update: 

The Meg dominated the weekend internationally as well, taking in a very good $97 million in 42 territories, including $50.3 million in China. That gives it a worldwide opening total of $141.3 million.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout took in another $38.4 million in 59 overseas markets this weekend for an international total of $275.6 million and a global haul of $437.5 million. Cumes include $46.4 million in Korea, $22.4 million in the U.K.,  $18.7 million in Japan, and $14.4 million in France. It’s slated to drop in China on August 31.

Continuing its record-breaking run here and abroad is Disney’s Incredibles 2, which grossed an estimated $14.6 million overseas this weekend. Having effectively surpassed Toy Story 3‘s global total of $1.067 billion, it is now the highest-grossing Pixar release of all time worldwide with a worldwide cume of $1.088 billion.


Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, AUG. 10 – SUN, AUG. 12

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Meg $45,402,195 4,118 $11,025 $45,402,195 1 Warner Bros.
2 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $19,352,090 -45% 3,888 -507 $4,977 $161,319,374 3 Paramount
3 Disney’s Christopher Robin $12,960,057 -47% 3,602 0 $3,598 $50,549,374 2 Disney
4 Slender Man $11,371,866 2,358 $4,823 $11,371,866 1 Sony / Screen Gems
5 BlacKkKlansman $10,845,330 1,512 $7,173 $10,845,330 1 Focus Features
6 The Spy Who Dumped Me $6,462,612 -47% 3,111 0 $2,077 $24,422,997 2 Lionsgate
7 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $5,861,715 -35% 2,812 -547 $2,085 $103,870,915 4 Universal Pictures
8 The Equalizer 2 $5,408,237 -38% 2,373 -352 $2,279 $89,554,165 4 Sony / Columbia
9 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $5,210,815 -35% 2,589 -573 $2,013 $146,988,206 7 Sony / Columbia
10 Ant-Man and the Wasp $4,103,636 -36% 1,863 -370 $2,203 $203,573,980 6 Disney
11 Incredibles 2 $3,429,388 -31% 1,545 -257 $2,220 $589,771,988 9 Disney
12 Dog Days $2,554,766 2,442 $1,046 $3,595,738 1 LD Entertainment / Mirror
13 The Darkest Minds $2,142,645 -63% 3,127 0 $685 $10,988,197 2 20th Century Fox
14 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $1,986,530 -50% 1,237 -677 $1,606 $409,656,475 8 Universal
15 Teen Titans GO! to the Movies $1,824,852 -62% 1,437 -1751 $1,270 $25,601,396 3 Warner Bros.
16 Eighth Grade $1,587,299 -44% 1,084 0 $1,464 $10,054,342 5 A24

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Death of a Nation $987,906 -58% 825 -180 $1,197 $4,521,847 2 Quality Flix / Pure Flix
2 Three Identical Strangers $734,313 -27% 326 -79 $2,252 $9,721,904 7 Neon
3 Skyscraper $674,430 -70% 670 -853 $1,007 $66,185,305 5 Universal Pictures
4 Sorry To Bother You $419,714 -48% 204 -200 $2,057 $15,800,118 6 Annapurna Pictures
5 Won’t You Be My Neighbor? $345,605 -31% 229 -55 $1,509 $21,675,492 10 Focus Features
6 The First Purge $285,545 -69% 293 -415 $975 $68,469,005 6 Universal Pictures
7 Ocean’s 8 $255,077 -12% 233 -15 $1,095 $138,450,545 10 Warner Bros.
8 Blindspotting $226,939 -66% 138 -385 $1,644 $3,784,972 4 Lionsgate / Summit
9 Avengers: Infinity War $189,574 -25% 172 -33 $1,102 $678,405,681 16 Disney
10 Leave No Trace $145,254 -46% 123 -46 $1,181 $5,509,965 7 Bleeker Street
11 Tag (2018) $140,021 -24% 156 -46 $898 $54,160,653 9 Warner Bros.
12 Solo: A Star Wars Story $131,138 -32% 170 -30 $771 $213,285,583 12 Disney
13 Sicario: Day of the Soldado $104,935 -71% 109 -107 $963 $49,697,700 7 Sony / Black Label
14 Deadpool 2 $98,452 -47% 155 -41 $635 $318,223,848 13 Fox
15 Uncle Drew $82,518 -57% 118 -84 $699 $42,049,764 7 Lionsgate / Summit

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Island $263,412 40 $6,585 $263,412 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
2 Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days $172,083 -45% 36 -11 $4,780 $811,639 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
3 McQueen $162,384 -11% 53 19 $3,064 $758,338 4 Bleecker Street
4 Puzzle $161,047 31% 44 28 $3,660 $443,210 3 Sony Pictures Classics
5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post $123,699 154% 25 23 $4,948 $198,098 2 FilmRise
6 RBG $80,324 -25% 63 -12 $1,275 $13,730,202 15 Magnolia Pictures
7 Buybust $77,955 25 $3,118 $77,955 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
8 Hereditary $40,158 -40% 54 -17 $744 $43,981,428 10 A24
9 The Cakemaker $39,739 -27% 26 -6 $1,528 $644,958 7 Strand Releasing
10 Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot $37,802 -75% 60 -117 $630 $1,354,960 5 Amazon Studios
11 Unfriended: Dark Web $32,035 -86% 57 -151 $562 $8,768,455 4 OTL Releasing
12 Karwaan $26,340 -73% 17 -41 $1,549 $169,684 2 Pack Your Bags Films
13 Yellow Submarine (2018 re-release) $20,583 -30% 9 -38 $2,287 $861,277 6 Abramorama
14 Skate Kitchen $18,605 1 $18,605 $18,605 1 Magnolia
15 Madeline’s Madeline $18,009 1 $18,009 $18,009 1 Oscilloscope Laboratories
16 Never Goin’ Back $15,977 55% 12 10 $1,331 $33,848 2 A24
17 Generation Wealth $15,140 -70% 29 -15 $522 $216,670 4 Amazon Studios / Magnolia Pictures
18 Whitney $12,741 -39% 25 -4 $510 $2,983,763 6 Roadside Attractions
19 Nico, 1988 $12,111 -2% 12 10 $1,009 $31,617 2 Magnolia Pictures
20 American Animals $11,238 140% 9 1 $1,249 $2,833,786 11 The Orchard
21 Far From The Tree $10,551 -62% 11 -3 $959 $100,277 4 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
22 The Third Murder $7,630 2% 9 3 $848 $58,644 4 Film Movement
23 Sanju $7,604 -69% 6 -10 $1,267 $7,903,875 7 FIP
24 Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings $7,228 -83% 4 -16 $1,807 $257,860 3 Well Go USA
25 Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda $7,007 -4% 9 5 $779 $95,452 6 Cartilage Films
26 Hearts Beat Loud $5,052 -62% 14 -19 $361 $2,368,396 10 Gunpowder & Sky
27 No Date, No Signature $4,993 61% 3 2 $1,664 $16,597 2 Distrib Films US
28 The Catcher Was A Spy $4,158 -52% 9 -2 $462 $704,442 8 IFC Films
29 93Queen $4,097 30% 2 1 $2,049 $37,582 3 Abramorama
30 Wanda $3,822 38% 2 0 $1,911 $42,004 4 Janus Films
31 The Atomic Cafe $3,790 -8% 5 4 $758 $12,453 2 Kino Lorber
32 Boundaries $3,647 -29% 11 0 $332 $687,916 8 Sony Pictures Classics
33 Love, Cecil $3,318 -57% 5 -2 $664 $94,758 7 Zeitgeist Films
34 Cuban Food Stories $3,032 1 $3,032 $3,032 1 First Run Features
35 Custody $2,582 -72% 3 -4 $861 $71,767 7 Kino Lorber
36 The King $1,965 -88% 7 -22 $281 $245,456 8 Oscilloscope Laboratories
37 Summer 1993 $1,846 4 $462 $182,140 12 Oscilloscope Laboratories
38 The Gospel According to André $1,808 -10% 2 -1 $904 $400,713 12 Magnolia Pictures
39 The Rider $1,596 -38% 4 -5 $399 $2,374,126 18 Sony Pictures Classics
40 Isle of Dogs $1,229 -73% 7 0 $176 $31,987,678 21 Fox Searchlight
41 Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) $1,225 -63% 4 0 $306 $11,693 3 Distrib Films Us
42 Filmworker $1,000 747% 1 0 $1,000 $98,004 14 Kino Lorber
43 The Desert Bride $922 -3% 1 0 $922 $28,693 15 Strand Releasing
44 En el Séptimo Día $794 102% 3 0 $265 $72,326 10 Cinema Guild
45 The Seagull $756 -33% 2 -3 $378 $1,252,960 14 Sony Pictures Classics
46 What Will People Say $658 -83% 3 2 $219 $33,514 5 Kino Lorber
47 Bye Bye Germany $265 -48% 1 0 $265 $68,056 18 Film Movement
48 La Familia $240 -88% 1 0 $240 $2,922 2 Film Movement
49 Damsel $203 -95% 4 -9 $51 $301,468 8 Magnolia Pictures
50 Under the Tree $36 -96% 1 -4 $36 $58,385 6 Magnolia Pictures

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, AUG. 10 – SUN, AUG. 12

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Meg $44,500,000 4,118 $10,806 $44,500,000 1 Warner Bros.
2 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $20,000,000 -43% 3,888 -507 $5,144 $161,967,284 3 Paramount
3 Disney’s Christopher Robin $12,430,000 -49% 3,602 0 $3,451 $50,019,317 2 Disney
4 Slender Man $11,325,000 2,358 $4,803 $11,325,000 1 Sony / Screen Gems
5 BlacKkKlansman $10,800,000 1,512 $7,143 $10,800,000 1 Focus Features
6 The Spy Who Dumped Me $6,600,000 -45% 3,111 0 $2,122 $24,560,385 2 Lionsgate
7 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $5,820,000 -35% 2,812 -547 $2,070 $103,829,200 4 Universal Pictures
8 The Equalizer 2 $5,500,000 -37% 2,373 -352 $2,318 $89,645,928 4 Sony / Columbia
9 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $5,110,000 -36% 2,589 -573 $1,974 $146,887,391 7 Sony / Columbia
10 Ant-Man and the Wasp $4,048,000 -36% 1,863 -370 $2,173 $203,518,344 6 Disney
11 Incredibles 2 $3,532,000 -29% 1,545 -257 $2,286 $589,874,600 9 Disney
12 Dog Days $2,630,000 2,442 $1,077 $3,670,972 1 LD Entertainment / Mirror
13 The Darkest Minds $2,100,000 -64% 3,127 0 $672 $2,100,000 2 20th Century Fox
14 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $1,965,000 -50% 1,237 -677 $1,589 $409,634,945 8 Universal
15 Teen Titans GO! to the Movies $1,770,000 -63% 1,437 -1751 $1,232 $25,546,544 3 Warner Bros.
16 Eighth Grade $1,625,000 -43% 1,084 0 $1,499 $10,092,043 5 A24

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Death of a Nation $950,000 -60% 825 -180 $1,152 $4,483,941 2 Quality Flix / Pure Flix
2 Three Identical Strangers $700,600 -31% 326 -79 $2,149 $9,688,191 7 Neon
3 Skyscraper $645,000 -71% 670 -853 $963 $66,155,875 5 Universal Pictures
4 Sorry To Bother You $425,000 -47% 204 -200 $2,083 $15,805,404 6 Annapurna Pictures
5 Won’t You Be My Neighbor? $360,000 -28% 229 -55 $1,572 $21,689,887 10 Focus Features
6 The First Purge $280,000 -70% 293 -415 $956 $68,463,460 6 Universal Pictures
7 Blindspotting $220,000 -67% 138 -385 $1,594 $3,778,033 4 Lionsgate / Summit
8 Avengers: Infinity War $196,000 -23% 172 -33 $1,140 $678,412,107 16 Disney
9 Leave No Trace $141,551 -48% 123 -46 $1,151 $5,506,262 7 Bleeker Street
10 Solo: A Star Wars Story $136,000 -30% 170 -30 $800 $213,290,445 12 Disney
11 Uncle Drew $86,000 -55% 118 -84 $729 $42,053,246 7 Lionsgate / Summit

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND   LOCATIONS   AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Island $282,500 40 $7,063 $282,500 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
2 Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days $181,500 -42% 36 -11 $5,042 $821,056 2 Well Go USA Entertainment
3 Puzzle $164,871 34% 44 28 $3,747 $447,034 3 Sony Pictures Classics
4 McQueen $154,690 -15% 53 19 $2,919 $750,644 4 Bleecker Street
5 The Miseducation of Cameron Post $108,000 122% 25 23 $4,320 $182,398 2 FilmRise
6 Buybust $75,000 25 $3,000 $75,000 1 Well Go USA Entertainment
7 Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood $53,857 16% 18 13 $2,992 $176,236 3 Greenwich Entertainment
8 Hereditary $41,000 -38% 54 -17 $759 $43,982,270 10 A24
9 Unfriended: Dark Web $34,000 -85% 57 -151 $596 $8,770,420 4 OTL Releasing
10 Madeline’s Madeline $20,225 1 $20,225 $20,225 1 Oscilloscope Laboratories
11 Dark Money $19,205 16 $1,200 $135,391 5 PBS Distribution
12 Skate Kitchen $17,000 1 $17,000 $17,000 1 Magnolia
13 Never Goin’ Back $16,718 62% 11 9 $1,520 $34,589 2 A24
14 A Prayer Before Dawn $14,453 13 $1,112 $14,453 1 A24 Films
15 The Captain $13,446 116% 6 4 $2,241 $37,171 3 Music Box Films
16 American Animals $10,941 133% 9 1 $1,216 $2,833,489 11 The Orchard
17 Far From The Tree $10,378 -63% 12 -2 $865 $100,104 4 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
18 The Catcher Was A Spy $4,590 -47% 9 -2 $510 $704,874 8 IFC Films
19 Hearts Beat Loud $3,026 -77% 14 -19 $216 $2,366,370 10 Gunpowder & Sky
Chris Eggertsen

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    Michael August 13, 2018

    Mission Impossible definitely took a hit from The Meg but I expect it will make back any lossed grosses this upcoming week and next weekend… still on track for a 210-230 mil domestic total! Congrats to The Meg for outpacing expectations! Looks like this one will join the years $100+ mil club!

    Jurassic World has hit $410 mil and looks like it will meander to a $415-420 mil close which is pretty good considering most were closing it around $370 mil when it was first released!

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