Jason Statham battles a prehistoric giant shark coming back to life in “The Meg.”
NEW YORK – The shark thriller “The Meg” became the latest success in Hollywood’s sizzling summer, opening well above expectations with $44.5 million in ticket sales, according to box-office estimates on Sunday.
The action movie had been forecast by some for closer to half that total. An American-Chinese co-production, it also debuted well overseas, taking in $50.3 million in China and $141.3 million globally. “The Meg,” starring Jason Statham, cost about $150 million to make.
After two weeks at No. 1, Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” slid to second place in its third weekend with $20 million. The latest “M:I” movie has pulled in $162 million in three weeks.
Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” also opened strongly in fifth place with $10.8 million in 1,512 theaters. The story of a black police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, starring John David Washington (Denzel’s son) and Adam Driver, was timed to the anniversary of the Charlottesville riots.
Rounding out the top five: Disney’s live-action “Christopher Robin” movie, starring Ewan McGregor in the title role, finished third with $12.4 milion. The horror movie “Slender Man,” based on the Internet meme, was fourth with $11.3 million.
Final numbers are expected Monday.
Contributing: Kim Willis
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