The prehistoric monster that stars in The Meg (the shark, not Jason Statham) would never be mistaken for something you’d throw in a tiny aquarium with a plastic treasure chest. Still, for its makers at Warner Bros., the megalodon is proving to be one gold fish.
The Meg came out this weekend fins-a-flying and ready for a fight with top dog Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Instead, the weekend proved to be a swim in the park: It earned $44.5 million in North America, according to the studio’s early estimates—more than twice what Fallout earned. No flounder in this film.
But let’s not mourn too much for Tom Cruise’s latest adrenaline-laden actioner. The two-time box-office champ may have slipped to second with a $20 million weekend, but it has still collected $162 million during its run thus far (not to mention the $275.6 million it’s made overseas). In 17 days, Fallout—the sixth film in Cruise’s M:I franchise—has already sprinted past M:I III in domestic gross. Next up, it has the $181 million, 1996 original fixed in its sniper scope. Perhaps, like the shark in The Meg, Cruise gets more fearsome with age.
Christopher Robin skipped into third place with $12.4 million, bringing its own domestic total to about $50 million and pushing a couple of newcomers further down the standings.
Slender Man, despite generating a legion of scathing reviews (including one from yours truly), outperformed its modest expectations and scared up $11.3 million. That may not sound like much in this age of blockbusters, but horror movies are notoriously inexpensive to make. And given that the titular star doesn’t even have a mouth, I assume the studio saved some on catering costs, too.
Three of the weekend’s four major new releases did pretty well for themselves. The fourth … well, let’s just say that consumers looked at Dog Days and thwapped it in the nose with a rolled-up newspaper. The ensemble romantic comedy fell to 12th place with a woof, digging up just $2.6 million. While that might sound like a lot for you and me, it’s not mutt—er, much, in the movie industry, even for a dog movie. Have you seen the price of kibble these days?